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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Minority Graduation Rates

This is a big problem (Philadelphia Inquirer, free registration):

Only about 46 percent of black students and 47 percent of Hispanic students graduate within six years of entering college, according to U.S. Department of Education data.

For all students, the graduation rate is 63 percent after six years. For white students, it is 67 percent. This is the first year the government has broken down the graduation data by ethnicity, sex and income.

A new study of the federal data by the Education Trust, a Washington research organization, calls the situation a "serious and deep-rooted problem." For students, the failure to earn a degree can have a lifelong impact: The wage gap has greatly widened between those with a degree and those with some college education but no degree.

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