For years, universities across the nation have workshopped ideas for improving graduation rates among minority students. UNC programs are developing methods to uplift Black male graduation rates in particular, and are seeing results.
In 2003, the four-year graduation rate of Black males was almost 30 percent behind the University average. In the past two years, however, that gap has dropped to just below 20 percent.
“Is there still a gap? Certainly. But is it narrowing? Indeed it is,” said Christopher Faison, former coordinator of the UNC Men of Color Engagement.
Faison said as the graduation gap continues to dwindle, the University’s role has increasing importance.
“No one is going to want to bring people into a situation that’s not healthy,'' said Faison. “If we focus on what we have first — that’s what we try to do — then you can get more (enrollment from men of color.)”