The analysis was released by the Access to Success Initiative, a project run by the heads of the 24 U.S. college and university systems with support from The Education Trust, a national organization that works to promote academic achievement.
Survey results clearly show that non-white and low-income young adults are having far more difficulty receiving their degrees than are white students. While 36% of white young adults are attaining a bachelor’s degree, the rate is only 20% for blacks and 12% for Latinos. Once in college, students of color are much less likely than their white counterparts to graduate. An estimated six in ten white students earn bachelor’s degrees within six years, compared with only about four in ten students of color.
The report also found that the gaps separating Latino and African-American students from their white peers are wider today than in 1975. Thirty years ago, 24% of white young adults attained a bachelor’s degree, a figure more than double that of blacks (11%) and two and a half times that of Latinos (9%).