Monday, June 02, 2003

Decline to specify 

Here's a thought: Joanne Jacobs points to a Washington Post article that an increasing number of students decline to state their race. I checked our statistics, and indeed it shows up here too, from a percentage of 10.5% in 1994 to 15.5% in 2000. Thus the share of African American students on campus has risen among those who choose to identify themselves from 10.7% to 13.7% over the same period, rather than from 9.5% to 11.6% if you don't take the "decline to specify" into account.