About the State Equity Report Card

The State Equity Report Card (SERC) is a web tool that assesses states’ commitment to equitable college opportunity and success for Black and Latino Americans. This tool contains state-level data on who has a college degree, who enrolls in college, and who graduates. SERC can be used to find specific information about a state or compare performance across states.

About the data

The data that appear in SERC are derived from publicly available sources and are featured in the reports highlighted below. You can either download the report or visit each report’s landing page for more details on contents and methods.

All of the data for Black Americans are currently uploaded in the web tool, but additional data for Latino Americans will be added to the website once Broken Mirrors II is released. We also plan to add college affordability data for low-income students.

Who has a college degree?

The data examining who has a college degree is called “degree attainment.” Degree attainment examines the percentage of adults in each state that have earned an associate, bachelor’s, or graduate degree. The SERC includes 2016 degree attainment rates for Black and Latino residents and changes in Black and Latino degree attainment since 2000.

Who enrolls in college?

The data examining who enrolls in college is called “enrollment representation.” These data focus on each state’s public colleges and universities and communicate how well the percentage of Black and Latino students at these colleges reflects the percentage of Black and Latino residents in that state. These data are provided separately for both a) public four-year institutions and b) community and technical colleges. In addition, we also examine how opportunities to enroll at selective, public institutions in each state differ by race/ethnicity. The enrollment data are for fall 2016.

Who graduates from college?

The data examining who graduates from college is called “degree earner representation.” These data focus on each state’s public colleges and universities and communicate how well the percentage of Black and Latino degree associate and bachelor’s degree earners from these colleges reflect the percentage of Black and Latino residents in that state. SERC data also compare how the likelihood of an undergraduate degree earner being awarded a bachelor’s degree differs by race/ethnicity. The degree data are for 2016.

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Note: Not all states have all metrics available to view.