The Education Trust Examines the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

A new report from The Education Trust notes that 41 percent of Black students who enroll in bachelor’s degree programs at U.S. colleges and universities earn their degrees within six years. This is 22 percentage points below the graduation rate for White students.

The Education Trust report notes that there is a wide difference in the graduation rate gap performance among particular educational institutions. The report identifies 18 universities where the Black graduation rate is either higher than the rate for White students or is only slight lower than the rate for White students. Among these institutions are Georgia State University, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, the University of South Florida, the University at Albany, Rutgers University-Newark, and Old Dominion University.

In contrast, the report identifies 21 universities where the racial gap in graduation rates is wider than the national average. Universities where the gap is greater than 30 percent are Wayne State University, Northern Illinois University, Liberty University, and the University of Toledo.

The full report, A Look at Black Student Success: Identifying Top- and Bottom-Performing Institutions, may be downloaded by clicking here.

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