CC grad rates under civil rights scrutiny

Federal civil rights investigators are expanding their reach, reports Education Week. For the first time, the Office of Civil Rights is looking at a community college with low graduation rates as a possible violation of students’ rights.

In the 21 months since U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stood on an iconic bridge in Selma, Ala., and pledged to aggressively combat discrimination in the nation’s schools, federal education officials have launched dozens of new probes in school districts and states that reach into civil rights issues that previously received little, if any, scrutiny.

In addition to the community college inquiry, 14 OCR reviews look at “whether students have equal access to college-preparatory curricula, advanced courses, and other advanced-learning opportunities.”