Rising Tide: Do College Grad Rate Gains Benefit All Students?

Examines graduate rates over the last ten years and the degree to which general increases are also being experienced by underrepresented groups. Using data from four-year, public colleges and universities, this report found that nearly 67% have increased graduation rates in the last 10 years — not only overall (5.3 percentage points) but for underrepresented students as well (6.3 percentage points). Yet, findings also indicate that intentional efforts to close the achievement gap matter, concluding that colleges should continue to emphasize completion efforts for underrepresented groups rather than be complacent with overall student gains.

Sponsored By: 
The Education Trust