The failure of inner city schools is reflected in the poor graduation rate from predominately black colleges
In analyzing federal data for an in-depth examination of the nation’s historically black colleges and universities, the AJC found that the six-year graduation rates at 20 schools were 20 percent or lower in 2015.I suspect the problem is not in the colleges, but in the preparatory education, the students got in public education inner city schools where standards are not enforced if they even exist and students are moved on to get them out of their current class. This lack of standards is robbing these kids of their potential.
This means that four of five beginning freshmen at those schools didn’t earn a degree within six years.
“Yes, there are some HBCUs that have low graduation rates,” said Marybeth Gasman, an education professor at the University of Pennsylvania who directs the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions, in an email to the AJC. “And some that are in the single digits. . . . This is problematic and a school must do better by having summer bridge programs, peer-to-peer mentoring, student success centers — all focused on increasing retention and graduation rates.”