Improving the Black Student Graduation Rate at the University of Arkansas

More than 300 first-generation college students at the University of Arkansas are enrolled in a program where they receive academic, personal, career, and financial advice.

Johnson C. Smith University and Charlotte Law School Start Dual Degree Program

Students can earn a bachelor's degree and a juris doctorate in six years.

Bakersfield College Aims to Increase Retention and Graduation Rates for Black Men

In the 2010-11 academic year the 638 Black students on campus had a mean grade point average of 1.63. Only 17 of the 638 Black students on campus were awarded an associate's degree.

Good News on Educational Attainments

One in five adult African Americans over the age of 25 are now college educated. There has been tremendous progress, but a significant racial gap remains.

The Gender Gap in African American Degree Attainments

Black women hold a slight overall lead over Black men but the gender gap is much larger if we look only at younger Black women and younger Black men.

African Americans Making Significant Progress in Graduate Nursing Programs

While the percentage of Blacks in entry-level nursing programs has declined in recent years, Black enrollments in graduate-level nursing programs has surged.

A Check-Up of Blacks in U.S. Medical Schools

Over the first decade of the 21st century, the Black percentage of all U.S. medical school graduates has declined.

The Huge Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

Only 39.5 percent of Black students who entered four-year-college bachelor's degree programs in 2004, earned their degree within six years.

Only 40 Percent of Black University Graduates in Britain Find Work Within Six Months

Black graduates are 30 percent less likely to find full-time employment as White university graduates.

African American Musician Is the 200,000th Graduate of the University of Central Florida

Wendell Raulerson III received a bachelor's degree in music and is one of the first students to graduate in the university's jazz studies program.

Dr. Shaq Makes Good on a Promise to His Mother

The four-time NBA champion, 11-time All Star, and most valuable player, was awarded a doctorate in education at Barry University.

Several Historically Black Universities Set Graduation Records

Several historically Black colleges and universities have reported a record number of degrees conferred at this year's commencement exercises.

Three African Americans Earn Ph.D.s in Chemistry at Ole Miss

On average, about 50 African Americans earn a Ph.D. in chemistry every year. This year three of them are at the University of Mississippi.

Honorary Degrees Given to Blacks by Leading Liberal Arts Colleges in 2012

The nation's highest-ranked liberal arts colleges gave out 16 honorary degrees to Blacks this spring. Last year only 12 Blacks received honorary degrees from this same group of liberal arts colleges.

Coppin State University to Offer Fully Online Bachelor’s Degree Program in Management

Beginning this September, students can enroll in the online bachelor's degree program in management that was designed in conjunction with Pearson Learning Solutions.

University of Minnesota Launches a New Program for Black Men

Ten first-year students will participate in a living/learning community aimed at boosting the retention and graduation rates of Black men.

Several HBCUs “Link” With Local Community Colleges

The Links Inc. has undertaken the HBCU Community College Collaborative project, an effort to increase college completion rates for African American students.

The Cornell Prison Education Program Holds Its First Graduation Ceremony

The graduates were the first in New York State prisons to earn State University of New York degrees since the enactment of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act in 1995.

Major Progress in African American Degree Attainments

African Americans have made substantial progress over the past decade in increasing their share of degrees awarded at every level of higher education.

The Significant Progress of Young African Americans in Degree Attainments

In 1980, less than one third of all Blacks, ages 25 to 29, had some college experience. Today, nearly 55 percent of African Americans in that age group have attended college.

In 2011, Blacks Earned 9.9 Percent of All Degrees Awarded by Four-Year Institutions

The data showed that Blacks earned 286,597 degrees at four-year institutions during the 2010-2011 academic year. This was slightly less than 10 percent of all degrees awarded.

Black Degree Attainments in Engineering

In 2011, Blacks earned 4.2 percent of all bachelor’s degrees awarded in engineering. A decade ago in 2002, Blacks earned 5.4 percent of bachelor’s degrees in engineering.

Two HBCUs Sign Business Degree Agreement

Students who complete an associate's degree at Southern University Shreveport can transfer to the bachelor's degree in business program at Grambling State University.

Addressing the Racial Divide in STEM Education

The data suggests that attracting Black students to STEM fields is not the problem but keeping them there is a major concern.

The Racial Gap in College Student Graduation Rates

The data shows the overall graduation rate for White students entering college in 2005 was 60.2 percent. For Blacks, the graduation rate was 22.3 percentage points lower at 37.9 percent.

The Persisting Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

The overall national graduation rate for Black students is 44 percent. This is 21 percentage points below the rate for White students.

Black Male Excellence Network Working Wonders at the University of Alabama Birmingham

The graduation rate of Black male students who join the initiative is about twice the rate for Black men as a whole at the university.

Norfolk State University Looks to Boost Retention and Graduation Rates

The university hopes to raise the six-year graduation rate from 34 percent to 40 percent during the next five years. To help reach this goal, a student success center had been established on campus.

Grambling State University to Offer New Online Degree Program

The new online degree program is for students who have completed some college coursework but have dropped out of college without earning their degree.

New Data Shows a Wide Racial Disparity in the GPAs of College Graduates

Whites were more than twice as likely as Blacks to graduate with grade point averages better than 3.5. Blacks were nearly three times as likely as Whites to graduate with a GPA of less than 2.5.

Blacks Take Far Longer Than Whites to Earn Their Bachelor’s Degrees

For those who earned a bachelor's degree in the 2007-08 academic year, the average amount of time for Blacks to earn their degree was 98 months compared to 73.3 months for Whites. Nearly a quarter of Blacks took more than a decade to earn their bachelor's degree.

How Bans on Affirmative Action Impact Black Student College Graduation Rates

A new paper published by the National Bureau of Economic Research examines the graduation rates of minority students before and after the ban on race-sensitive admissions at state universities in California.

New Report Looks to Explain the Racial Gap in College Graduation Rates

A new report from the American Council on Education examines why Black and Hispanic students have significantly lower rates of degree attainment than other students at U.S. colleges and universities.

A Decline in Doctoral Degree Awards for African Americans

The number of African Americans earning doctorates has declined in each of the past two years, after reaching an all-time high in 2009. Over the last decade, the percentage of all doctoral degree awards that were earned by Blacks has stagnated at close to 6 percent.

Academic Disciplines Where African Americans Earned No Doctoral Degrees in 2011

There are a large number of specific academic disciplines where African Americans earn no doctoral degrees whatsoever.

A Check-Up on Black Progress in Nursing Degree Programs

According to data from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Black have made tremendous progress over the past decade in increasing their percentage of students in bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degree programs in nursing.

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