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August 27, 2016 Comments (0) International Education

Report Shows Programs to Improve College Access Are Working

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A new report from The Education Trust finds that programs aimed at increasing college access and graduation rates among black and Latino students are having a positive effect. The thorough analysis that puts almost every single American college and university against its peers according to its diversity programs has now been updated around the group’s website with the latest round of information courtesy of the U.S. Department of Education.

The latest release of the country’s education data was also an occasion for the publication of the mini-brief titled “Intentionally Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates\” which details schools that have had the most success in conclusion access and achievement gaps between their white and minority students.

According towards the brief, the amount of black and Latino students signing up for college has grown at a faster pace in comparison with white students. Likewise, the amount of minority college graduates can also be in the rise, although the increase continues to be lower than the general growth.

Underneath these averages, though, some colleges are dispelling the myth that student characteristics effectively determine graduation rates. In fact, if more colleges can match improvement patterns seen at leading institutions with similar demographics, closing the school opportunity and completion gap is at reach.

Clearly, the demographics of higher education are changing. Between 2009 and 2011, the amount of black undergraduates grew by 8.5 percent and the quantity of Latino undergraduates by 22 percent, while white enrollment grew by only two.7 percent. Within the same time period, graduation rates also increased: Both black and white graduation rates increased by 2 percent, while graduation rates for Latinos rose by 4.7 percent. Still, gaps remain, with the graduation gap between white and Latino students now 11.1 percentage points, and the gap between black and white students at 22.2 percentage points.

The Ed Trust’s mini-brief was funded in part by the Lumina Foundation and serves to highlight colleges and universities that have had particular success in upping their minority enrollment and graduation rates. Specifically, the brief names the University of New york at Greensboro, where graduation rates among black students rose to 60.1% from 52.3% between 2010 and 2011. Additionally, State University of New York at Stony Brook also receives a mention for improving the graduation rates among their Hispanic students who C at 66.5% C now graduate at a slightly higher rate than their white peers.

\”Success to get college students to graduation is not simply a purpose of money,\” said Joseph Yeado, advanced schooling research and policy analyst at The Education Trust and author from the mini-brief. \”Resources are certainly valuable in establishing and promoting student support services like academic advising, tutoring and mentoring programs, and new student orientation. But these programs succeed or fail based upon the commitment and buy-in from the administration, faculty, and staff. The soft bigotry of low expectations has no place in either K-12 or more education.\”

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