Black Students: Duke Study Shows Deeper Problems

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

An unpublished study by Duke University researchers that says black students are more likely to switch to less difficult majors has upset some students. They say the research is emblematic of more entrenched racial problems.

The study concludes black students match the GPA of whites over time partially because they switch to majors that require less study time and have less stringent grading standards.

About three dozen students held a silent protest Sunday. And members of the Black Student Alliance have met with the provost to
express their unhappiness.

One of the researchers says he hopes the study shows the need to find ways to keep minorities in difficult majors such as the natural sciences, economics and engineering. A Duke spokesman says
the school is taking the issues raised seriously.

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