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The Mizzou Student Demand That Hardly Any U.S. Colleges Are Meeting

The activist group Concerned Student 1950 has vowed to keep pushing for change in the wake of resignations by both the University of Missouri system President, Tim Wolfe, and chancellor of the Columbia campus, R. Bowen Loftin.

Among their demands is increasing the number of black faculty members at Mizzou from 3 percent to 10 percent over the next two years. Enrollment at the Columbia campus is 34,972, of which 2,542 (7 percent) are African American. Several protesters say that roughly 16 percent of the state's population is African American, and they want the school to better reflect the state's population. At the same time, an analysis of federal data shows the underrepresentation of black faculty is hardly unique to MU.  

Here are some big picture numbers from the 2013 school year that were collected by the U.S. Dept. of Education.

  • There are more than 700 four year and above public colleges and universities receiving federal money. 
  • Only 66 of those schools had 10 percent or more black faculty members.  
  • More than half of those 66 schools were Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) which have far higher percentages of black faculty members.  
  • Once HBCU's are taken out of the mix, it leaves only 27 American colleges and universities that can say at least one in 10 faculty members are black.   That's roughly 4 percent of all schools.   

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Tim Lloyd grew up north of Kansas City and holds a masters degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Prior to joining St. Louis Public Radio, he launched digital reporting efforts for Harvest Public Media, a Corporation for Public Broadcasting funded collaboration between Midwestern NPR member stations that focuses on agriculture and food issues. His stories have aired on a variety of stations and shows including Morning Edition, Marketplace, KCUR, KPR, IPR, NET, WFIU. He won regional Edward R Murrow Awards in 2013 for Writing, Hard News and was part of the reporting team that won for Continuing Coverage. In 2010 he received the national Debakey Journalism Award and in 2009 he won a Missouri Press Association award for Best News Feature.
Kameel reports on race and culture. She is also one of the producers of our We Live Here podcast, covering race, class, power, and poverty in the St. Louis Region.
Brent Jones is a journalist who works with data and design. He joined the St. Louis Beacon after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 2007. In the past five years, he has shot photos of the Pevely Dairy fire and flooding in Cairo, Ill.; compiled data on St. Louis' hottest days and whitest Christmases; edited a 30-minute video on music in Iraq; designed a 150+ page ebook; and produced audio from an improv show and more than 100 Beacon Roundtables. Jones lives in St. Louis, where he has completed a half- and full marathon and sings in a 16-member a capella madrigal ensemble.