A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center examines the racial gap in degree attainments at U.S. colleges and universities. Nationwide, 62.4 percent of all students who entered a four-year college in the fall of 2010 had earned a bachelor’s degree by 2016.
However, there were significant differences by race. More than two thirds of White students, 67.2 percent, earned their degree within six years. This was more than 21 percentage points higher than the degree completion rate for African Americans, which stood at 45.9 percent. For African American men, the rate was even lower at 40.0 percent.
For students entering a two-year college in 2010, only 25.8 percent of Black students earned an associate’s degree or certificate over the ensuring six years. For Whites, the figure was 45.1 percent.
An interesting statistic found in the report is that the college complete rate shrinks significantly for nontraditional students who entered college at an older age. For students ages 25 or older who entered college in 2010, the Black-White college completion rate gap was 12.9 percentage points. This is almost half the racial gap that existed for traditional age students.
The full report, Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates by Race and Ethnicity – Fall 2010 Cohort, may be downloaded here.