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ERIC Number: EJ913284
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0013-127X
How Some Schools Increase Graduation Rates of Minority Students
Blankenship, Mark
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v76 n4 p26-29 Dec 2010
Using data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System and College Results Online--a website that lets the public access a school's enrollment and graduation statistics on the basis of categories such as race, ethnicity, and gender--Education Trust or EdTrust, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that aims to close the gaps that keep many minority and low-income students from high academic achievement, has noted that many schools struggle to hold onto minority students. Findings show that only about 40% of "underrepresented minority students"--meaning African-American, Latino, and Native American students--earn a bachelor's degree within six years of college enrollment. That compares with more than 60% of nonminority students. So what keeps minority students from graduating? High school preparation is a factor, of course, since some students discover that they didn't learn what they need to succeed at a college level. Financial pressure can be a problem, too. These problems, however, are not insurmountable. In its briefs, the Education Trust reveals that many public institutions, which serve the bulk of minority college students nationwide, are significantly increasing the graduation rates. The author discusses how some schools increase graduation rates of minority students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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