The Education Trust has released a new report showing progress has been made in the college graduation rates of minority students. However, significant racial gaps remain and progress for African American students has trailed the graduation rate improvements shown by students from other underrepresented minority groups.
According to the report, between 2003 and 2013, overall graduation rates improved by 4.9 percentage points at public institutions and 2.3 percentage points at private, not-for-profit colleges and universities. The study found graduation rate progress at 328 of the 489 public colleges and universities studied. At these institutions which showed overall progress, the Black student graduation improved by an average of 4.4 percentage points. But the graduation rate for White students at these institutions improved by an average of 5.7 percentage points. So despite an increase in Black student graduation rates at these institutions, the Black/White graduation rate gap actually increased at these colleges and universities.
The full report, Rising Tide: Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?, may be downloaded by clicking here.