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ERIC Number: EJ794178
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May-2
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Improving Black Graduation Rates Is Mainly a Matter of Will, Report Says
Schmidt, Peter
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n34 pA20 May 2008
Colleges already know how to close the gap between the graduation rates of black and white students, but too few have been willing to take the steps needed to do it, according to a report released last week by Education Sector, a Washington-based research group. The report, "Graduation Rate Watch: Making Minority Student Success a Priority," is based heavily on the graduation-rate data that the Education Department collects from colleges. The report states that, nationally, the six-year graduation rate for black students at four-year colleges is about 20 percentage points lower than the six-year graduation rate for white students. The report also identifies several institutions whose black students are at least as likely as their white peers to earn degrees in a timely manner, and states that research suggests that nothing is preventing other institutions from duplicating their success. The report cautions that not every college that appears to have narrowed or eliminated the graduation-rate gap deserves credit for doing so. Some highly selective Ivy League colleges, for example, do not have such gaps because they take in those black applicants who are most likely to finish college and, with the help of extensive support services, retain nearly all of their students. Other colleges have been able to shrink their black-white graduation gaps by becoming more selective or otherwise altering their admissions criteria to take in a different student mix.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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