About the State Equity Report Card

The State Equity Report Card, part of The State of Higher Education Equity project from The Education Trust, is a web tool that assesses states’ commitment to equitable college opportunity and success for Black Americans and Latinos. It contains state-level information on who has a college degree, who enrolls in college, and who graduates. This tool can be used to learn about a single state or to compare performance across states. Our hope is that by shining a spotlight on higher education inequity, state officials will be motivated to take action to ensure all their residents have a fair shot at earning a college degree.

About the project

This website displays data from publicly available sources that are featured in the reports linked below. You can either download the reports or visit each report’s landing page (edtrust.org) for more details on how we crunched the numbers, what we found, and what we think policy makers should do about it.

All of the data for Black Americans (Broken Mirrors) and Latinos (Broken Mirrors II) are currently uploaded in the web tool. We also plan to add information on how affordable public colleges and universities are for low-income students.

Who has a college degree?

The data examining who has a college degree is called “degree attainment.” Degree attainment examines the percentage of adults in each state that have earned an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree. The State Equity Report Card includes 2016 degree attainment rates for Black and Latino residents and changes in Black and Latino degree attainment since 2000.

Who enrolls in college?

As part of our Broken Mirrors reports, we examine Black and Latino “enrollment representation” in public higher education. These data focus on each state’s public colleges and universities and communicate how well the percentage of Black and Latino students at these colleges reflects the percentage of Black and Latino residents in that state. These data are provided separately for both a) public four-year institutions and b) community and technical colleges. In addition, we also examine how opportunities to enroll at selective, public institutions in each state differ by race and ethnicity. The enrollment data are for fall 2016.

Who graduates from college?

Also featured in the Broken Mirrors reports, we examine Black and Latino “degree earner representation.” These data focus on each state’s public colleges and universities and communicate how well the percentage of Black and Latino degree associate and bachelor’s degree earners from these colleges mirror the percentage of Black and Latino residents in that state. The State Equity Report Card also compares how the share of Black and Latino graduates who earn a bachelor’s degree compared to White graduates. Degree earner data are for 2016.

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Note: Not all states have all metrics available to view.