Folks, Harvard’s campus finally just got a little browner.
This year marks the Ivy League university’s highest percentage of accepted black students to date, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education. Almost 12 percent of the total applicants who were offered admission are black; the average for the most selective colleges ranges from five to 10 percent.
The journal predicts approximately 170 black students will join the class of 2018.
Dr. Boyce Watkins of Syracuse University praises Harvard for its historic achievement but challenges Ivy League institutes to increase diversity within its faculty, too.
While we are tempted to jump up and down in excitement over the school’s decision to accept the fact that blacks are just as bright as whites, we might need to take a moment of pause. Even though the presence of black students is very important to a campus, the reality is that admitting students of color neither requires significant courage nor shows any real sign of meaningful progress when it comes to truly shaping the direction of a university. The holy grail of power in any academic environment is the number of tenured faculty positions, which Harvard continues to keep African Americans from obtaining.