Flagship State Universities Showing the Greatest Progress in Improving Their Black Student Graduation Rates

Nationwide, blacks are making tremendous progress in improving their graduation rates at flagship state universities, which, combined, educate tens of thousands of black students. Some of the gains by black students have been spectacular. For example, over a decade the black student graduation rate at the University of Florida has improved from 45 percent to 69 percent. At the University of Texas, the University of Georgia, and the University of Maryland, the black student graduation rate has increased by 20 percentage points or more since 1998. At the University of Connecticut, the University of Tennessee, the University of Oklahoma, and the University of Arkansas, the black student graduation rate has improved by at least 17 percentage points. At 14 flagship state universities with large numbers of African-American students, the black student graduation rate has improved by more than 10 percentage points since 1998.