Graduation rates among Northeastern’s African-​​American students continue to rise

Grad­u­a­tion rates among African-​​American stu­dents at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity have increased by 27.4 per­centage points over the last decade, a fact that was high­lighted this week in a report by The Edu­ca­tion Trust.

The Wash­ington, D.C.-based non­profit is ded­i­cated to closing the achieve­ment gap among low-​​income fam­i­lies and minorities.

As high­lighted in the report, North­eastern increased its grad­u­a­tion rate for African-​​American stu­dents from 42.1 per­cent in 2002 to 69.5 per­cent in 2011. From 2010 to 2011, the grad­u­a­tion rate for African-​​American stu­dents jumped 4.8 percent.

As a society, we are stronger when we are diverse,” said Joseph E. Aoun, pres­i­dent of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “At North­eastern, diver­sity is our pri­ority. It is a col­lec­tive com­mit­ment and I am glad that our efforts are bearing fruit. We must con­tinue on this path.”

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