Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

North Carolina Leaders Report Progress on Decreasing Achievement Gap. (Noteworthy News)

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

North Carolina Leaders Report Progress on Decreasing Achievement Gap. (Noteworthy News)

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DURHAM, N.C.

A consortium of university leaders and education advocates gathered at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) last month to discuss progress made in decreasing the achievement gap in the state.

The group, the Historically Minority Colleges and Universities Consortium (HMCUC), was established in 1999 and has implemented successful mentoring and behavior modification programs throughout the state.

Thomasboro Elementary School is one of the many schools to benefit from HMCUC's efforts, through a partnership with Johnson C. Smith University.

"Children at Thomasboro never talked about going to college ... never ever," says Mildred Wright, principal of Thomasboro. "Now our students know where Johnson C. Smith is and they have friends and mentors there."

The partnership with Johnson C. Smith helped students at the school boost their reading levels and also helped to lower the dropout rate. Before working with Johnson C. Smith, the school was the lowest performing school in the district and suffered from a 46 percent dropout rate.

Dr. Beverly Jones, HMCUC executive director and dean of the NCCU University College, said similar improvements were seen at other consortium member schools as well. …

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