Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Graduation Rates Tied to Budgets at Pitt

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

Graduation Rates Tied to Budgets at Pitt

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PITTSBURGH -- The University of Pittsburgh is putting its money where its goals are. School deans must boost graduation rates of minority students or risk losing a portion of their budget.

Trustees last month approved a program where the deans of the university's schools must develop plans to make graduation rates and grade-point averages of Black, Hispanic, and Asian students more nearly equal to the achievements of White students. If minority graduate rates and grade averages don't improve, the deans could lose money for their schools.

Pitt's graduation program may be the most concrete effort in the country to boost minority graduation rates, Provost James Maher says.

"If you look at the young people of this country, they are very diverse," Maher says. "The educational system has to educate that diverse workforce of the future. I see this as a major national Challenge. We can't afford to fail to educate them."

The deans' plans are due March 1 and must include an assessment of what minority graduation rates are in their schools, as well as a plan to improve them. …

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