Education Trust’s College Results site lets users compare graduation rates at colleges and universities serving similar students. Results can be broken down by race, ethnicity and gender, revealing large gaps at some institutions.
Every year, about a million first-time, full-time freshmen head into four-year colleges seeking degrees. Fewer than four in 10 will meet that goal within four years, and barely six in 10 will make it in six years.
. . . Even, when they attend the same schools, students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds face very different graduation prospects. At one in four American colleges, the Black-White graduation gap is staggeringly large: 20 percentage points or higher.
But some colleges and universities have raised graduation rates while narrowing the racial-ethnic gaps.
Education Trust also released two reports: One Step from the Finish Line: Higher College-Graduation Rates are Within Our Reach and Choosing to Improve: Voices from Colleges and Universities with Better Graduation Rates. Both explain strategies that improve students’ chances of earning a degree.
Among the schools that do a good job is Florida State, which virtually has eliminated the graduation gap between black and white students. It can be done, says Education Trust.