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We Mind The Gap: Helping Everyone Succeed

Education Trust released two reports Monday on the graduation rates of white, black and Latino students. The nationwide average percentage of minorities who graduate is significantly lower than that of Caucasian students; this fact is both unfortunate and well-known. However, the Education Trust’s reports note there are institutions that have beaten these odds, or at least improved them.  Inside HigherEd has an article that sums up these results. Some institutions have a historical advantage. Their histories of serving minority populations are longer and there are more minorities that go to those institutions, leading to more programs and greater student comfort with the academic and social scene of college. Other institutions have improved their minority graduation rates with concentrated focus on the problem. Wayne State University, for example, has raised its African-American retention rates considerably through need-based financial aid programs and learning communities. Demographics, the quality of the high schools from which the institution draws its students, and students’ feelings of belonging at the institution all play roles, but the institution can attempt to counteract negative issues.

What are the factors your institution has to its advantage and disadvantage when it comes to student success? How has housing participated in programs to emphasize or counteract these?

Emily Glenn

Emily Glenn is the ACUHO-I Corporate Librarian.

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