As the world continues to get increasingly culturally diverse, that ethnic trend has naturally extended to education. In particular, college campuses in the United Kingdom have gotten considerably browner in recent years. Now, school administrators were reportedly sounding the alarm over apparent worry that Black students would eventually eclipse their white counterparts in Great Britain.
Not only has the enrollment of Black students surged, but fewer white males have also been accepted to the UK’s universities. That has caused some institutions of higher learning across the pond to launch recruiting efforts to ramp up their populations of Caucasian scholars, according to a new report from the Telegraph, a news outlet in the UK.
“Universities are setting targets to recruit more white male students after low numbers meant they are now classed a ‘minority group,’” the Telegraph wrote on Sunday.
The reaction bordered on an all-out panic over the fact that “White British students are in a minority at roughly one in ten institutions,” the Telegraph reported. “Meanwhile on certain courses such as pharmacy, business and some science degrees, more than seven in 10 students is from an ethnic minority.”
The esteemed Oxford University along with Aston and Essex Universities were reportedly among the schools that have consciously tried to attract in an increased number of white students in an apparent effort to offset the number of Black students. (It was just about eight years ago when it was reported that the U.K.’s two elite universities — Oxford and the University of Cambridge — were admitting a paltry number of Black students to their undergraduate programs.)
The drop in white enrollment coincided with an overall surge of students enrolling in UK colleges, showing “the number of white students has fallen by more than 34,000 since 2013/14 – a decrease of 2 per cent – while in total enrolments rose by 1 per cent in the same period,” the Independent reported earlier this year.
On the flip side, the number of Black students was up by 11 percent. Students belonging to other ethnicities, including Asian and “mixed ethnic backgrounds” also “saw significant increases,” according to the Independent.
Still, the odds were reportedly heavily stacked in favor of white students over Black ones. “[S]tudents are twice as likely to get in [to Oxford] if they are white compared with their black counterparts,” the BBC reported in May.
Meanwhile, the exact opposite was happening back in the U.S. at the nation’s historically Black colleges and universities, where white students were on pace to become the majority.
“In many cases, African-American students have ceased being a majority at HBCUs,” according to a report from Diverse Issues in Higher Education published this past summer. “At some, they are a small minority among a White majority.”
What Is A Black College? Missouri Tweet Reignites PWI vs. HBCU Debate
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PWI students Boah I tell you pic.twitter.com/uRuEqV4xtW— IM DEADASS A MOGUL (@THA_MANAGA) December 8, 2018
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Lol but y’all at a white school! Sorry but Beychella was a tribute to HBCU Culture not PWIs ! 🤫— HBCU HIVE (@hbcuhive) December 8, 2018
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Lol ok sis but point was it was a TRIBUTE TO HBCU CULTURE! You don’t understand or know HBCU Culture !— HBCU HIVE (@hbcuhive) December 8, 2018
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But correct me if I’m wrong. HBCU Culture is based off of Black Culture... corrrct? So therefore, i do NOT have to go to a HBCU to understand black culture. PERIOD.. https://t.co/YWhLZDnot7— 아시아 🤎 (@asiaandrewss) December 8, 2018
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Mizzou is NOT, will NOT be, and NEVER has been an HBCU no matter how many black students go there!— Just Kel😅 (@__kellykel_) December 8, 2018
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This is a joke. Do you even know what it means to be an HBCU? Your ancestors fought for schools like Lincoln. Your organization was founded on an HBCU so why disrespect your founders by calling a white institution an HBCU joking or not? https://t.co/hAg4O8GwLO— Just Kel😅 (@__kellykel_) December 8, 2018
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So y’all think Mizzou a HBCU now 🧐— ya aunties favorite 💕 (@KobeKalil2Trill) December 8, 2018
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I’m tired of y’all talking about all this hbcu vs pwi shit, stfu. What y’all fail to realize is that a lot of black people at pwi’s wanted to go to hbcu’s. Embrace both experience, it doesn’t define your blackness, both can actually enhance it.— twin nem’ (@drizzybethename) December 8, 2018
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I just woke up to all Mizzou slander lol what y’all start?— Stodoroki (@ChristianDiwhor) December 8, 2018
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an argument i will never be a part of is the blacks attending pwi vs hbcu.— nwanyi oma (@dessDawg3000) December 8, 2018
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How Mizzou claiming to be an HBCU wasn’t half of y’all just tryna transfer over being mistreated 💁🏽♀️— Bourt😈 (@Undefinable1_) December 8, 2018
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MIZZOU IS NOT AN HBCU! Sit y’all ass down somewhere.— UP & COMING (@itsjeauxn) December 8, 2018
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It’s like mizzou on the left and HBCU people that’s commenting on the right. pic.twitter.com/zoMaGJgSgA— Monet’ (@NaeeElicee) December 8, 2018
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These Mizzou students just don't know. An HBCU isn't something to "joke" about. You chose that PWI so stick with it and never compare it to an HBCU. Blood, sweat, tears, & people's last dollars were put into our institutions to allow Black people to earn an education.— Kat The Pony (@lil_dude23) December 8, 2018
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when Black Mizzou link it’s bananas😭 whole hbcu out here lol https://t.co/WdBO4Xagdm— Dmac (@officialDmac_) December 8, 2018
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I never understood why they come for us so hard when they cafeteria feeding them dog food and they inhaling mold in they dorms for 4 years. You would think they would have bigger issues then you calling Mizzou an HBCU 🤷🏾♀️— Monet’ (@NaeeElicee) December 8, 2018
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British Colleges Panic As Black Students Inch Toward Becoming The Majority was originally published on newsone.com