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Sunday, 27th April 2008

Graduation Rate Watch: Making Minority Student Success a Priority

Graduation Rate Watch: Making Minority Student Success a Priority
Source: Education Sector

Most people who grow up like Makandall Saint-Eloi never graduate from college. Raised along with his brother by a single mom who worked as a nurse’s assistant to make ends meet, Saint-Eloi grew up poor and went to a Hollywood, Florida, high school where only a third of ninth-graders pass the state reading test.

Such surroundings create long odds, particularly for low-income black male high school students like Saint-Eloi: Only 4 percent earn a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s. That’s partly because many of them never go to college—only 60 percent of Saint-Eloi’s classmates graduated on time, and of those, less than half went on to a four-year institution. But it’s also because less than half of all black students who start college at a four-year institution graduate in six years or less, more than 20 percentage points less than the graduation rate for white students.

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+ Schools With Small Graduation Rate Gap (PDF; 71 KB)
+ Schools With Large Graduation Rate Gap (PDF; 71 KB)
+ HBCU Graduation Rates (PDF; 130 KB)


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