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.

She says:

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.


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  • Me

    that last comment in the article is just like folks who point out the whole african v aa thing. give the compliment & at least wait a few minutes before saying it ain’t a good enough accomplishment. saying “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” is just another version of “but that’s what you supposed to do” & basically telling black students they don’t matter even though students make a lotta things happen at schools around the world.

    • Aishley

      Why should we be happy with the crumbs they throw us?

    • Me

      why is the highest black enrollment in an ivy’s history crumbs when those kids worked hard to get where they are? & why is student progress beneath professor progress? professors at 1 school will make progress in 1 school. hundreds of black kids getting an education at 1 school will go on to make waves in hundreds of areas across the world. how is that crumbs?

    • Aishley

      Because as Dr. Boyce points out this is only scratching the surface of the lack of diversity in the Ivies. It is a start yes, but only a start. I believe we can applaud Harvard for this achievement and still remind them that more work needs to be done.

    • Me

      boyce ain’t saying it’s scratching the surface. that quote straight up dismissed the students & said to pause on the celebration b/c the professors are what matter. “nor shows any real sign of meaningful progress”. that was straight shade. boyce didn’t acknowledge it as a start at all. & the truth is hundreds of educated black minds going to college every year are more powerful than a handful of black professors at one school that hold the same position year end & year out.

  • Anthony

    I can only imagine the outrage among all the “deserving” whites students who weren’t admitted.

  • Felicia1

    This is a significant achievement. Did Dr. Boyce have to knock it down with that last statement? People that go to that school are put in the roles of movers and shakers.

  • Aishley

    Dr. Boyce is a man btw