College Recognized For Grad Rate Gains
SUNY Oneonta was singled out by a national education advocacy group for its success in improving graduation rates among Hispanic students. The Education Trust ranked SUNY Oneonta No. 11 on a list of the top 25 public institutions in the country that showed the largest gains in graduation rates among Hispanic students between 2004 and 2010.
The list was part of a report titled “Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students.” Released September 20 by The Education Trust—a Washington , D.C.–based advocacy group that promotes and supports policies that raise student achievement, close achievement gaps and ensure all students can succeed—the report spotlights colleges of all types that are producing better results by improving graduation rates and/or narrowing graduation-rate gaps on their campuses.
Over a six-year period, SUNY Oneonta’s six-year graduation rate for Hispanic students increased from 38.9 percent in 2004 to 60.8 percent in 2010. In addition to showing one of the largest gains, SUNY Oneonta’s 2010 six-year graduation rate for Hispanics was significantly higher than the average—47.2 percent—among the institutions studied.
“Colleges must do more to ensure success for all students, particularly the growing number of black and Latino students in our country. Thankfully, some institutions are showing us that the status quo is not inevitable,” said José Cruz, vice president for higher education policy and practice at The Education Trust. “The lessons are clear: What institutions of higher education do—and don’t do—for students directly and powerfully impacts student success. The schools we’ve identified provide vivid sign posts on the road to boosting graduation rates at colleges and universities across the country.”
To generate its list, the Education Trust analyzed six-year graduation rates for 391 public and private institutions across the country using data from College Results Online, a Web-based tool that allows users to examine information such as graduation rates by race, ethnicity and gender for four-year colleges across the country.
More information is available at www.edtrust.org.