A new University of Illinois study contradicts research in recent years suggesting that African-American studies and programs are declining at American universities. Ronald Bailey is head of the Department of African-American Studies at Illinois and one of the authors of the study. He says much of the previous research suggesting decreases in programs and classes was conducted on small sample sizes. The University of Illinois study found that 56 percent of the 1,777 U.S. colleges and universities surveyed had at least one course dedicated to African-American life. Twenty percent had departments, programs or other academic units. Researchers found Southern universities the most likely to have African-American studies, at 87 percent. Seventy-nine percent of Midwest schools had some form of black studies.
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