Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

3RD ANNUAL SPECIAL REPORT TOP 100 DEGREE PRODUCERS: It Can Be Done

Magazine article Black Issues in Higher Education

3RD ANNUAL SPECIAL REPORT TOP 100 DEGREE PRODUCERS: It Can Be Done

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3RD ANNUAL SPECIAL REPORT TOP 100 DEGREE PRODUCERS: It Can Be Done.

Time after time, leaders in higher education tell us that it is difficult, and in some cases impossible, to increase significantly their minority matriculation numbers. The pessimism out there borders on the frustrating statement, "It can't be done."

We beg to differ.

In this year's annual Top 100 report, we've included articles that challenge that thinking. We look at a variety of institutions, individuals and programs to show that, in fact, it can be done.

To begin, we examined college retention records at the bachelor's level for African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans and Native Americans. This information was drawn from the 1993 NCAA Division I Graduation Rates Report and the 1993 NCAA Divisions II and III Persistence Rates Report. It provides a glimpse of Division I's relative success in graduating minorities, and Division II & III's ability to retain freshman students through their sophomore year. These rates raise issues pertaining to oncampus living versus commuting, the effect of need-based assistance, the role of the campus environment, and the socioeconomic/academic profile of the entering freshman class. As usual, researchers Alfreda Cooper and Victor Borden did yeoman service in researching and compiling the data.

Our Atlanta correspondent, Donald Winbush, provides a detailed look at a president who achieved an enviable record of minority student retention. …

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