While college-degree attainment for black students remains persistently low, some colleges and universities are implementing programs that are helping boost graduation rates, a new study shows, the National Journal reports. About half of the public and private schools between 2004 and 2010 either improved their graduation rates or closed the attainment gaps for black students by an average of 8 percentage points. The top-gainer universities boosted graduation rates without reducing black college enrollment, according to the report “Advancing to Completion: Increasing Degree Attainment by Improving Graduation Rates and Closing the Gaps for African-American Students.” The modest gains, the authors of the report argue, show that universities can reverse the trend of low academic completion regardless of their starting point…

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