The graduation gap

Two Education Trust reports highlight colleges with the largest and smallest gaps in graduating African-American and Hispanic students within six years.

Nationally, 60 percent of whites but only 49 percent of Latinos and 40 percent of African Americans who start college hold bachelor’s degrees six years later, Education Trust reports.

  • At Wayne State University in Detroit, for example, fewer than one in ten African Americans graduate within six years. For white students at Wayne State, the success rate is more than four times higher.
  • The success rate among Hispanic students attending City University of New York’s Brooklyn College is 34 percent, compared with a 53 percent graduation rate for white students.
  • Colleges that have eliminated graduation gaps include:  Old Dominion University in Virginia, where blacks typically graduate at the same rates as white students; Florida International University, where Hispanic students are more likely to graduate than whites; University of California, Riverside, which graduates black (67 percent), Latino (63 percent) and white (62 percent) students; University of North Carolina-Greensboro, which graduates 56 percent of African-American students and 51 percent of white students.