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Improving Low College Persistence Among Students of Color

Event Details

August 19, 2019

The Alliance for Excellent Education Invites You to a Webinar

Improving Low College Persistence Among Students of Color

Erin Banks, Assistant Dean, Office of Undergraduate Research, University of North Carolina-Charlotte (@DrErinRBanks)
Walter G. Bumphus, President and CEO, American Association of Community Colleges (@walterbumphus)
Deb Delisle, President and CEO, Alliance for Excellent Education (@debdelisle)
Nicholas Petty, Director, Undergraduate Inclusive Excellence, Cleveland State University
Jason Amos, Vice President of Communications, Alliance for Excellent Education (Moderator)

The nation’s high school graduation rate is at an all-time high of 84.6 percent for the Class of 2017 yet more than one-third of all first-year college students take some type of remedial coursework. Among historically underserved students, this number is much higher. At four-year public colleges, two-thirds of African American students and over one-half of Latino students require remedial course work.

Remedial education is meant to help students attain the skills they need to succeed in college, but it often deters completion by adding to the cost and time necessary to earn a degree. It is but one reason why college completion rates are so low. Nationwide only 60 percent of college students earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. Six-year completion rates for African American (40 percent) and Hispanic (54 percent) students are much lower.

At community colleges, where students are older, more diverse, and often the first in their families to attend college, 61 percent of students earn an associate’s degree within six-years.

As the Alliance for Excellent Education (All4Ed) continues the conversation on the legacy and impact of the landmark Brown vs. Board of Education case, this webinar examined why increasing retention and postsecondary graduation rates among students of color is so important for students and the nation as a whole. Our expert panel offered examples of strategies and programs that two- and four-year postsecondary institutions can adopt to better serve their students of color prior to and after their enrollment, ensuring that these students graduate and are prepared to succeed in today’s job market.

Panelists will also address questions submitted by viewers from across the nation.

Register and submit questions for the webinar at the bottom of this webpage.

If you are unable to watch the webinar live, please register and you will received archived video of the webinar 1-2 business days after it airs.

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The Alliance for Excellent Education is a Washington, DC–based national policy and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship. 

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