Ok, I have attended two colleges/universities in two different US regions so I have pretty diverse experience in this. These are the three things that I find a lot of people, especially a lot of blacks doing: 1. Major in unmarketable things 2. Stop at a Bachelors degree in a field that requires even more advanced education 3. A lot of Blacks go to unreputable schools Now let me elaborate.. 1. I have noted a disproportionately high amount of black people major in things that are *generally* unmarketable. This includes,but is not limited to: Ethnic/Gender studies, Theatre, Dance, Music, Sports Medicine, Communications, Fine Art, etc. Don't get me wrong, these can be very interesting things to know about but they are generally unmarketable and won't advance (or maintain a) high socioeconomic status. Oh, and these do make decent minors as well but as an academic major: not a good idea for somebody who plans on making their degree help them towards socioeconomic success. However, I see a lack of blacks in marketable and STEM majors such as (Engineering, biology/chemistry, physical therapy, computer science and most business-related fields). *However, I have noticed a good amount of black women move towards medical fields which is a step in the right direction..HOWEVER, this is usually in the entry level and moderately paying fields (medical assistant, home health care aides, nurses aide, etc). 2. This is a trend I specifically notice with a lot of black women. A lot of black women go for things such as Psychology and Teaching/Education; and some get their BA's but then stop at that. For anybody who knows that field, it's clear that you need AT LEAST your MA for even a fighting chance at getting a respectable/sustainable job. Many of these people end up in extraordinary debt and end up worse off then they would've been if they didn't even attend school. 3. A lot of blacks go to unreputable, unaccredited and 'bottom-of-the-barrel' schools. These include but are not limited to crappy state colleges with acceptance rates higher than 70%; online schools like University of Pheonix, ITT Tech and Walden; degree mills; and lesser-known HBCU's- not knocking all HBCU's, my dad graduated from HowardU. If you have some of those schools on your resume then it really wouldn't help you look competitive to employers. I actually know of stories where employers would throw away a degree from U. Phoenix- and when you look at the ethnic makeup of U.Phoenix, blacks are disproportionately represented. NOW, I actually started off at a 2-year school due to an undecided major but I eventually transferred to a much superior school so I believe CC's are good as long as you eventually have a bigger plan in mind. Be honest: - Have you seen some of these trends? - What can be done about it? - Is anybody here in one of these positions and would like to share their story? And ultimately what is your solution to this? So if any of you have any rational and relevant input or comments then please post it..