Same-race education benefits ALL RACES. An 'Instructor Like Me' :: American Renaissance News Inside Higher Ed, September 6, 2011 Nonwhite students at community colleges are more likely to stay in classes and to earn higher grades if they have instructors of their race or ethnicity, according to a study released Monday by the National Bureau for Economic Research. But the same is true for white students, meaning that hiring more minority instructors may result in decreased performance by white students. The positive impact of having a same-race instructor appears to be the greatest on black students, and on younger students. The study, “A Community College Instructor Like Me: Race and Ethnicity Interactions in the Classroom,” may be controversial, since it touches on several hot-button issues in higher education, including racial gaps in academic performance of students and affirmative action in faculty hiring.