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Black students at Duke University are protesting an unpublished study done by researchers there that found that Black students are more likely to switch to easier majors than their White counterparts. The study, which surveyed nearly 2,000 Duke students, found that 68 percent of Blacks, compared with 55 percent of Whites, ultimately chose humanities and social science majors over tougher fields such as science. One Duke researcher told the Associated Press he hoped the study's results would be used to help find ways to keep Black students in more difficult majors. Instead, the study has drawn the ire of Black students at Duke, who say it undermines their achievements. "What kind of image does this present not only of the academic undertakings of Black students at Duke, but also of the merit and legitimacy of our degrees?" Nana Asante, the president of the Black Student Alliance, asked. "And then, of course, it's calling into question ... the legitimacy of how we even got to Duke in the first place."

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Title Annotation:spectrum; black students more likely to switch to different majors
Author:Davis, Crystal D.
Publication:Diverse Issues in Higher Education
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Feb 16, 2012
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