A new study released by the U.S. Department of Education says that the gap between Black and white college students is widening. Black students are graduating with bachelor’s degrees at half the rate of white students.
Data collected from students who entered college in 2003 showed that only 16.7 percent of Black students earned their bachelor’s degree in 2009 compared to the 36.4 percent of white students who entered college at the same time.
“If we look only at students who entered public, four-year institutions in 2003, 62.0 percent of whites went on to earn a bachelor’s degree by 2009. For blacks, 46.7 percent of all students who entered four-year institutions in 2003 were awarded a bachelor’s degree by 2009,” the Journal for Blacks in Higher education states.
“At private, four-year institutions, 70.3 percent of whites who matriculated in 2003 went on to earn a bachelor’s degree by 2009. For blacks at four-year, private colleges and universities, 45.6 percent of all students who entered in 2003 earned a bachelor’s degree by 2009.”
When it comes to two-year degrees, only eight percent of black students completed school with them.