Pittsburgh newspapers report on African American student enrollment at Penn State

February 13, 1983

The Pittsburgh Press ran a “special report” that heavily criticized Penn State for its low number of African American students (2.5%) and faculty (1.2%). On February 25 1983, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette printed a similar report. Both papers, which were jointly operated, cited that the number of Blacks at Penn State had shown little gain over the previous ten year period. A March 1st editorial in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette concluded that Penn State “cannot be considered a truly first-class university until it overcomes this shortcoming.”