This paper uses an econometric model to explain differences in the percentage of blacks enrolled at the leading public university/universities in each state. It is shown that universities with higher black enrollment percentages are in higher academic classifications and are located in areas in which blacks make up a higher percentage of the population, in states in which blacks make up a higher percentage of the current high school graduates, and in states with no historically black colleges. The regression equation is used to generate an expected black enrollment percentage at each public university. Actual black enrollment percentages are then compared with expected enrollment percentages. These comparisons have significant implications for schools that want to increase their black enrollment percentage.
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