The nation’s historically Black colleges have shown some of the greatest gains in the graduation rates of African-American students, according to a report compiled by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
The report, which showed sharp increases in student graduation rates between various periods generally ending in the last two years, shows steep gains at a number of the nation’s historically Black colleges, looking at the percentage of students who earn a degree within six years of enrolling.
For example, the graduation rate at Howard University in Washington, D.C., is now 64 percent, compared with 47 percent in 1998. Similarly, at Jackson State University in Mississippi, there was a 17 percentage point gain in graduation levels and an increase of 11 percent at Virginia Union University in Richmond since 1968.
However, the report said that the graduation rate for African-American college students continues to lag behind that of the general population. read more…