How Many Black Women Have Tenure On Your Campus?


The Chronicle of Higher Education published an article investigating the number of tenured professors that are black women among public and private institutions in the U.S. Using data from Fall 2019 IPEDS, they find there were 25,921 tenured associate and full professors. Of those, 2.1 percent were black women.

In this brief (link above), I describe the variation of tenured black women among member institutions in the Association of American Universities (AAU). I rank each institution on percent of tenured professors that are black women with a focus on Rice University.

Data come from the U.S. Department of Education’s Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). The data include all degree-granting four-year public and private nonprofit institutions in the 50 states and Washington, D.C. that are eligible for federal aid. Tenured professors include tenured full professors and tenured associate professors. See link to Chronicle article to download data used in this brief.

Jorge Martinez
Director, Research & Reporting Enrollment Services

I’m Director of Research & Reporting for Enrollment Services at University of Houston.