The Persisting Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, October 25, 2013

New data on graduation rates from the U.S. Department of Education shows that at the nation’s largest universities that participate in the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Division I, the Black student graduation rate (for all students, not jut athletes) in 2013 is 44 percent. The graduation rate is defined as all students entering a particular institution who graduate from that same institution with six years. For Whites the graduation rate is 22 points higher at 66 percent. This roughly 20-percentage-point racial gap in college graduation rates has persisted for more than the past two decades.

When we break the figures down by gender, we see that Black men have a college graduation rate of 39 percent, whereas the rate for Black women is 48 percent. {snip}

For men the racial gap between Blacks and Whites is 25 percentage points. For women, the racial gap is 20 percentage points.

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  • borogirl54

    I can say one thing, the athletes usually have lower graduation rates than the regular students. Many athletes return to school after their sports career has ended. Very few schools graduate the majority of their athletes.

    • Pelagian

      Yes, and that is white or black, pretty much. That’s why the “Division I” of this story stood out like a sore thumb. that being said, athletes are only a small portion of a major university campus, they cannot account for all of the numbers.

      p.s the NCAA …. what a crock! “The NCAA’s quintessential student-athlete exhibits dedication and commitment both on the playing field and in the classroom,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert.

      • borogirl54

        A lot of athletes are not ready for college level work when they go to college. Many of them go to summer school and take online courses to remove the D’s and F’s on the report card.

  • bigone4u

    At the Hispanic run university where I used to work the graduation rate for all groups hit 7 percent in 2003. Naturally, the administrators (mostly Mexican) simply falsified the data, then when the illegality was about to be exposed, found a scapegoat to fire. Universities lie all the time (witness the Sandusky pedophile coverup at Penn State), so I suspect that the black graduation rate is even lower than reported. Black crime on campuses is also underreported. The whole stinking system is corrupt. I know. I’ve been there. Never donate money to higher ed until the libtards who run the show are sent off to prison where they belong.

  • dd121

    I’m sure EEO set-asides account for some of the numbers. I’ve heard that blacks are spotted about 200+ SAT points at most universities. If you’re really not smart enough to go to Harvard maybe you should consider community college. Perhaps they can get a football scholarship.

    • borogirl54

      Many of them go to community college because they do not have the grades or test scores to get in to a four year college. An athlete would use the first two years of eligibility in community college and the last two at the 4 year college.

      • obot

        Most of them can’t even handle community college. When I took classes there during the summers to save money back in the day, they would all be sitting in the student union screaming and screeching about dominoes. After the financial aid and student loan checks were disbursed, they would all disappear

  • Luca

    There is also a persistent racial gap in crime rates, drug use, murder, rape, illegitimate births, unemployment and STD’s.

    Could it be that race really does exist and is not a social construct? Could it be that behavior and IQ are largely predetermined by our DNA?

    Could it be that the truth will be hidden forever?

    • obot

      Not forever. When the welfare states collapse, people will wake up or die

  • What? You mean the dork in Orlando with a fax machine doesn’t have a hand in this story?

    He must be losing his mojo.

  • libertarian1234

    Actually the gap in the percentages they cite between blacks and whites is much greater if they reported the situation honestly instead of trying to fool everybody into thinking there’s only a 20 plus percentage of difference.

    As in entry, academia also has AA in place for grading and also for certification.

    As one professor admitted, “We are expected to graduate X number of blacks whether they’re qualified or not. If we do not, we are called before the administration to answer for it.”

    The lower standard set for blacks is a disgrace, since everybody else has to work hard in order to earn certification.

    These academics should be made to answer for their crimes.

    • Garrett Brown

      This. They’re definitely clumping mestizos and Arabs into the white category. Whites In America still rank in the top two percent in education internationally. In short, whites still get the job done, it’s everyone else that weighs us down.

  • JohnEngelman

    For men the racial gap between Blacks and Whites is 25 percentage points. For women, the racial gap is 20 percentage points.

    – Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, October 25, 2013

    Whenever facts like this are mentioned, whites are expected to feel guilty. I think blacks should feel embarrassed.

    Without affirmative action the gaps would be wider.

    • Pelagian

      No, … without affirmative action the gaps would be narrower. Fewer blacks would be admitted in the first place. Admission is looked upon as a “cookie” that you give out in welfare, not something that is based on likelihood of success.

  • Spartacus

    Yep. Deffinitely racism is to blame….

  • Black women go to school to at least try to go to school.
    Black men go to play sports and try to get White women.

  • James Bro

    I’ll save the government and these institutions a great deal of money on studies. It’s caused by low IQ’s and a lack of the ability to grasp complex ideas (like planning for the future or delaying pleasure).

  • “For Whites the graduation rate is 22 points higher at 66 percent. This
    roughly 20-percentage-point racial gap in college graduation rates has
    persisted for more than the past two decades.”

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    The only possible explanation is that white students have been stealing graduations from blacks.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    “The Black student graduation rate (for all students, not jut athletes) in 2013 is 44 percent.”

    The only surprising thing about this is that 56% of black college students graduate. I didn’t expect the rate to be that high, even after accounting for AA and easy majors (black studies, women’s studies, etc).

  • Jesse James

    What you are missing in this discussion is the fundamental differences in why different types of people go to college in the first place. Many of those who can get subsidized or free tuition through Federal, State and Local grants and scholarships really have no particular interest in finishing a degree or going to work. It is just another free money scam that transfers tax money from whites to blacks and other minorities. They are “professional” students who are enjoying the parties, the status of “student”, and the greater access they have to a higher quality pool of women. College for many is a way to delay actually having to go to work or take responsibility for themselves.

  • Blue-eyed Devil

    And that gap will never close due to differences in IQ.

  • obot

    They know how to game the welfare system.

  • obot

    The gap would be higher if not for ethnic/gender studies and soft sciences.