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Race and Ethnicity: Factors That Affect College Completion According to a Report [VIDEO]


While it is every student's dream to be able to finish college and earn a degree, a new report says that the ability to complete college can be determined by a student's race and ethnicity. The report reveals that black and Hispanic students earn credentials at a lower rate than white and Asian students.

According to the report released by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center on Wednesday, it is the black students who have the lowest completion rate which is at 45.9 percent while Hispanic students have 55 percent completion. Meanwhile, completion rate for white and Asian students are significantly higher at 67.2 percent and 71.7 percent.

The students evaluated in the report were the ones who entered any college or university nationwide in the fall of 2010, Inside Higher Ed reported. These schools comprise of both two-year and four-year colleges and the findings were the above mentioned.

These results, according to Doug Shapiro, one of the lead authors of the report, indicate that there's just so much work that needs to be done. He also said that the report is valuable because it uses the most recent available data and accounts for part-time students and students who transfer to another school during college years.

And because he said that since the result were not surprising anymore, it also means that nothing has ever been done to change what people already knew. The report was found to be valuable as it can show the number of students who are more likely to transfer school and graduate somewhere else.

Shapiro said that they are planning to release results like these in order to see completion rates of schools and help these schools understand where their improvements in their respective campuses should remain.

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