UVA tops in Af-Am grad rate– again!

For the 12th consecutive year, UVA holds the top spot in an annual ranking among major public institutions with the highest graduation rate for African-American students.According to an annual survey published this week by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, UVA is the only public institution in the top 20 of all colleges and universities– with a six-year graduation rate for African-American students of 86 percent. The next-highest rate among the public flagship universities were 70 percent at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of New Hampshire and 69 percent at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
"By a large margin," says Bruce Slater, managing editor of the journal and author of the article, "the University of Virginia has the highest black student graduation rate of any state-chartered institution in the nation. The black student graduation rate at the University of Virginia is even higher than at two Ivy League institutions."
UVA, which offered Slaters comments in a release, credits a "strong link" between admissions and retention, mentoring relationships with personal attention from upperclassmen, teachers, and administrators– as well leadership-building and self-governance-oriented programs.
For example, UVA peer advisers offer a regular study-hall time, called "Raising the Bar," and the Office of African American Affairs holds an annual "Harambee" event to celebrate student academic success.
Nationwide, according to the journal, the graduation rate for black students is 42 percent.
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