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ERIC Number: ED511866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better than Others in Graduating African-American Students. College Results Online
Lynch, Mamie; Engle, Jennifer
Education Trust
In this brief, the authors share what they are learning from looking beneath the averages. They identify public and private four-year institutions that appear to serve their black and white students equally well--that is, where both groups graduate at similar rates. They also identify public and private institutions that have a lot of work to do to catch up: Their graduation rate gaps are among the largest in the country. Gap size, of course, doesn't tell people everything they need to know about an institution. Colleges can have small or nonexistent gaps in undesirable ways--for example, when students in both groups have abysmal graduation rates. On the other hand, an institution can have a relatively high graduation rate for black students but still have large gaps because white students do even better. The authors focus on "graduation-rate gaps within institutions." Three reasons: (1) Institutions that have demonstrated the capacity to graduate white students at high rates should be able to serve black students equally well; (2) Some institutions already are proving that this is possible; and (3) If every institution pledged to close existing gaps between black and white students, they could produce thousands more black bachelor's-degree recipients every year, and this would be a very big step in putting the country on a path to a better and more equitable future. (Contains 1 figure, 7 tables and 10 notes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Lumina Foundation for Education
Authoring Institution: Education Trust