ERIC Number: ED566656
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Rising Tide: Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?
Eberle-Sudre, Kimberlee; Welch, Meredith; Nichols, Andrew Howard
The population of students of color has grown threefold, and there are more than 40 cultural and social student affinity groups. More impressive, the graduation rate for African American, Latino, and Native students has increased by 13 percentage points in the last decade. In this brief, the authors dig into a decade's worth of data on four-year colleges to understand which are improving and which are not. At improving institutions, they want to understand which students are benefiting. Above all, they want to answer the question: Is the kind of progress that will help close long-standing gaps between groups, gaps that are hobbling the futures of so many students of color and threatening the future of the ever-more-diverse nation being seen? Because public institutions enroll almost two-thirds of first-time, full-time students in four-year colleges and--as the data show--have improved graduation rates the most over the past decade, the authors have focused their analysis mostly on understanding improvements at public four-year institutions.
Descriptors: Graduation Rate, Achievement Gains, School Effectiveness, College Outcomes Assessment, Achievement Gap, African American Achievement, African American Students, Institutional Characteristics, Educational Improvement, Selective Admission, Tables (Data), Success
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: Education Trust
Identifiers - Location: United States