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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