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  • More bachelor's degrees than other degrees were awarded by HBCUs in 2001-02 (table 2).
  • Compared with other racial/ethnic groups, Blacks earned the highest proportion of degrees awarded by HBCUs in 2001 at each level-associate's, bachelor's, master's, doctor's, and first-professional degrees (tables A-15 through A-19). Blacks earned 87 percent of bachelor's degrees (table A-16).
  • In 2001, more than one-fifth of all bachelor's degrees awarded to Blacks were from HBCUs (figure 2). Compared with 1976-77, there were proportionately fewer Blacks earning bachelor's degrees at HBCUs in 2001-02 (35 percent vs. 22 percent). (Although the number of bachelor's degrees earned by Blacks at HBCUs increased from 20,800 to 25,100 during this period, the number of Blacks earning degrees at other types of institutions has risen more rapidly) (tables A-16 and A- 20).
  • Since 1990-91, 60 percent or more of associate's, bachelor's, and master's degrees at HBCUs have been earned by women. At HBCUs since 1994-95, women have earned more than half of the first-professional degrees, and since 1999-2000, women have earned more than half of the doctor's degrees (derived from table A- 26).

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