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Black male university enrollment still lags

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - It has been more than a year since the state College Board began work on an initiative to bolster the number of black males attending and graduating college in Mississippi, yet no specific recommendations have been made.

Assistant Higher Education Commissioner Reginald Sykes, who is in charge of developing a committee and report on the issue, says there's still a lot of work to be done.

The statewide committee has met a few times since its creation in June 2008, but officials say it could be at least another year before any plans are put into action.

Black males accounted for about 8,500 of the nearly 72,000 students enrolled in the state's public universities last fall, which is less than 12%.

Information from: The Clarion-Ledger, http://www.clarionledger.com

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