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ERIC Number: ED511865
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Top Gap Closers: Some Public Four-Year Colleges and Universities Have Made Good Progress in Closing Graduation-Rate Gaps. College Results Online
Engle, Jennifer; Theokas, Christina
Education Trust
Nearly all high school seniors today aspire to pursue higher education because they know that a college degree offers them the best opportunity to realize the American Dream. Indeed, college-going rates are up considerably for all students over the last 30 years. At the same time, however, racial gaps in degree attainment actually have grown, even as more minority students find their way to college. The gaps in degree attainment are partially due to the gaps in college-going rates, but they also reflect racial disparities in students' success once in college. Some have come to think of gaps of this sort as inevitable. After all, aren't most minority students still educated in schools that get less of everything, from money to science labs to high-quality teachers? It turns out, however, that by focusing on student success, many colleges have totally eliminated graduation-rate gaps, and others have narrowed them significantly. This brief identifies public colleges and universities that have narrowed if not closed the gaps between underrepresented minority students--African American, Hispanic, and Native American--and their white and Asian peers. (Contains 9 figures and 6 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Education Trust