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Who’s Matched Up? Access to Same-Race Instructors in Higher Education

Despite recent evidence on the benefits of same-race instructor matching in K-12 and higher education, research has yet to document the incidence of same-race matching in the postsecondary sector. That is, how likely are racially minoritized college students to ever experience an instructor of the same race/ethnicity? Using administrative data from Texas on the universe of community college students, we document the rate of same-race matching overall and across racial groups, the courses in which students are more or less likely to match, the types of instructors students most commonly match to, and descriptive differences in course outcomes across matched and unmatched courses. Understanding each of these measures is critical to conceptualize the mechanisms and outcomes of same-race matching and to drive policy action concerning the diversity of the professoriate.

community colleges, course completion, faculty diversity, higher education, same-race matching
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Odle, Taylor,Michael Gottfried, Trey Miller, and Rodney Andrews. (). Who’s Matched Up? Access to Same-Race Instructors in Higher Education. (EdWorkingPaper: 22-681). Retrieved from Annenberg Institute at Brown University:

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