The recently released report, Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students, lists Illinois State at 19th in the nation for public universities making gains in graduation rates for Latino students while keeping graduation rates for others steady or improving. The University placed 19th for closing the graduation gap between Latinos and their fellow students.
“This report is a reflection of our efforts to create an inclusive environment at Illinois State, and our goal to enroll and retain high-achieving, diverse and motivated students,” said Illinois State Provost Sheri Everts.
The report covers only the nation’s top 25 institutions making the highest gains in Hispanic graduation rates and in closing the graduation-rate gap between Latino and white students from 2004 to 2010. Utilizing data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, the Education Trust compiled the report utilizing a centralized, higher education data collection process called the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System.
According to the report, the population of Latino students has nearly doubled in public schools over the past six years, but college enrollment and graduation rates of Latinos are not keeping pace. The report noted, “If America is to restore its status as first-in-the-world in degree attainment, colleges need to do more to ensure that all of their students – especially Hispanic students – graduate from college.”
The Education Trust is a national not-for-profit organization that promotes high academic achievement for all students at all levels – pre-kindergarten through college. Its goal is to close gaps in opportunity and achievement for young people.
For additional information on the report, go to http://www.edtrust.org/sites/edtrust.org/files/Advancing_Hisp.pdf. For more information on The Education Trust, go to http://www.edtrust.org/.