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As there is an increased demand for job candidates with four-year degrees, Black enrollment in college has risen. Between 2009 and 2011, African-American college attendance increased by 8.5 percent, reports Business Administration Information.
Even to become a file clerk, a comparatively low-skill job, a bachelor’s degree is required. With piles of job applications towering over their desks, employers need to weed out the candidates somehow, which leads to “up-credentialing.” Theorists speculate this may have caused not only African Americans, but all students, to attend college at higher rates, reports a study conducted by The Education Trust.
During the same time frame, White enrollment increased 2.7 percent while Hispanic enrollment rose 22 percent. “Over the past three years, the number of black and Latino undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges grew faster than the enrollment of white students,” the study stated.
The racial gap between college attendants, Business Administration Information adds, is beginning to close. However, while the statistics show that university enrollment has improved, the study notes that African-American graduation rates have fallen. Black graduates “are still more than 2 percent less than they were in 2006,” Business explained.
On a more local level, some universities have managed to extinguish the gap. For instance, African-American students at University of North Carolina-Greensboro have graduated at an equal or higher rate as white students since 2002. Hispanic students at Stony Brook University in New York are graduating at a higher rate than their White counterparts and minority graduation rates are rising in Northeastern University.
“If more colleges act on lessons from their faster gaining peers—such as UNC-Greensboro, Stony Brook, and Northeastern—far more will be successful in improving graduation rates for all students,” the study concluded.
While the fact that a BA is needed to keep office files in order is questionable, the upside to the argument is that we can speculate that more students are pursuing degrees to meet the minimum requirement of employment.
The report, titled “Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates” used information pulled from the U.S. Department of Education.
High school graduation rates are steadily rising for the first time in decades, reports Reuters. The “Building a Grad Nation” report revealed that graduation rates in Tennessee, Louisiana, Alaska, California, Texas and New York have dramatically improved. The national graduation rate is also reported to have increased from 71.7 percent in 2001, to 78.2% in 2010. If the momentum continues at this rate, the report suggests that the United States could be looking at a 90 percent graduation rate by the year 2020.
“For the first time in 40 years, we have seen significant, sustained improvement,” revealed co-author of the study, John Bridgeland.
Graduation rates in Iowa, Wisconsin and Vermont take the lead among other states in the nation with nearly 90 percent of students graduating high school.
“Increasing the graduation rate has to be a purposeful exercise, something you’re driven to do every day. More and more, you’re seeing people across the country get it,” said Terry Glover, Supt. of Houston, Texas public schools.
Nevada and New Mexico are ranked the lowest, with only six in ten freshmen students predicted to earn their diplomas in four years. Unfortunately, the report also revealed that nationally, the percentage of high school graduating minorities still falls behind that of their White peers, with one-third of African American students and 29 percent of Hispanic students dropping out prior to graduation. The graduation rate of African American and Hispanic students in Minnesota remained somewhere near 50 percent in 2011.
“We need to look at these disparities head on,” said Brenda Cassellius, Education Commissioner of Minnesota.
Tactics administered by education boards in various states with improved graduation rates included: building new schools, allowing students to make flexible schedules, hiring more school counselors to check student transcripts for missing credits and sending emissaries to home the homes of truant students.
(The Good) — Much like the achievement gap in K-12 schooling, higher education is plagued by its own gap—with respect to minority graduation rates. Nationwide, 60 percent of white students earn a degree within six years on a college campus, compared to only 40 percent of African-Americans and 49 percent of Latinos. This week, two separate reports released by the Education Trust highlight the colleges that are successfully graduating all of its students at similar rates, as well as those where minority students lag far behind white coeds.