Cautionary Tale of statistics

So the local news paper of Champaign-Urbana, The News Gazette did a piece on the decline in rates of African American enrollment at the University of Illinois at Champaign Urbana. Even though the statistics shown were quite alarming it does not tell the entire story. Even though the rates of enrollment for African Americans are down other ethnicity are increasing such as the Latino and Asian populations. This data is open to the public and can be found here at the Division on Management Information website. Even with all of the demographics in enrollment this subject is more complex than one variable can explain.

This article helps shine a light on the trend that is sweeping across the nation of college enrollment decline. Even if you find enough African American students to apply it is a question of retention. The highest population percentage of African Americans in Illinois live in Chicago . Many African American in Chicago live in lower-income neighborhoods    which have schools that do not prepare them for the rigorous level of work for colleges such as University of Illinios at Urbana Champaign. Many of these students drop-out without a degree and are burdened with copious amounts of student debt. This post is not made to offend but to create discussion.

This issue is not as simple as University of Illinois is not letting any African American Students get into the University. This issue lies in education system as a whole and it should be reformed. One variable is not enough to explain the complex issue of enrollment.

More articles to read:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20130108/BLOGS08/130109821/how-rich-is-your-neighborhood

https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2014/05

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2012-07-13/business/chi-study-puts-average-college-debt-at-40000-20120713_1_student-debt-student-loans-graduates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omitted-variable_bias

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