Eleven schools report low racial disparity in graduation rates

According to a report released by Education Trust there are 11 colleges and universities that have little or no disparities when it comes to the graduation rates between black and latino students and white students.  Several of those schools are located in Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Virginia. The schools include UMBC (University of Maryland Baltimore County), Towson University, American University, George Mason University and Mary Baldwin College.

GMU, Towson reported among 11 schools with no race ‘gap’ in graduation rate

By Daniel de Vise
Washington Post Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 10, 2010

George Mason University in Northern Virginia and Towson University in Maryland are among 11 institutions nationwide with little or no disparity in graduation rates between black and Hispanic students and whites, a new study has found.

A pair of reports released this week by the nonprofit Education Trust identify several other colleges in the Washington region, including American University and the University of Maryland Baltimore County, where black and Hispanic students are as likely to graduate as whites. George Mason and Towson join a more select group, with no graduation “gap” for either minority group.

The analysis illustrates that entrenched racial achievement gaps in college completion are not inevitable, and that some colleges have managed to overcome them.

Graduation rates nationally run 15 to 20 points lower for black and Hispanic students than for white students. But at Towson, they are nearly identical: The school’s graduation rate is 67 percent for both white and black students, and 70 percent for Hispanics. At George Mason, 57 percent of whites graduate, compared with 59 percent of Hispanics and 63 percent of blacks.

The article states the reasons for the graduating success of minority students:

The authors write that the key to eliminating achievement gaps may lie in “what colleges do with and for the students they admit.”

Colleges with high minority graduation rates tend to aggressively recruit a “critical mass” of black and Hispanic students, to support them with pre-collegiate preparatory programs and then cultivate a culture of academic success for the entire student body. When a college president sets minority completion “as an important goal and as a priority, that really filters down through the university,” Lynch said.

George Mason benefits from a long tradition of multiculturalism, said Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions. Students come from 125 countries. The university is a known destination for minority and international students, and its pre-collegiate programs are well-established. International Week is a signature campus event.

Check out the entire Washington Post article here.

You can check out the article at Education Trust here and check out the college results for black students here and latino students here.  You need to have Adobe Reader in order to read the college results.

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