March 12, 2009

Recent reports show that after six years, only 40% of Black students in Maryland’s university system earn a degree, while 65% of the general population of students do so. At Coppin State University, only 17% of students earn a degree after six years. At Morgan, the rate is 39.3%. Why are black students struggling to graduate, and why are historically Black colleges and universities showing some of the worst graduation rates? We’ll discuss the challenges facing Black students and HBCUs.

We’ll speak with

  • Dr. Reginald Ross, Coppin State University’s Vice President for Enrollment Management
  • Joseph Popovich, Vice President of Planning at Morgan State University
  • Leonard Haynes, Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Dedrick Muhammad, Senior Organizer and Research Associate for the Program on Inequality and the Common Good at the Institute for Policy Studies.

Written by Marc Steiner

Marc Steiner

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1 Comment

  1. John Hudgins says:

    Dr. Tiffany McMillan is the Director of The Retention Graduation Office at MSU. She should have been on the panel. Your guests are finger pointers. They blame the students and the society in general. They did not talk about the operational problems on the campuses and the unecessary hurdles that Black students must overcome. Too many HBCU students are not graduating because of backward and counterproductive policies and attitudes. The SAT score has never been a good predictor of college readiness. Why do HBCU officials continue to hide behind low SAT scores? We need some honesty. If an institution (HBCU) does not have the resources or commitment to graduate a student it should not accept the student. If 83% of the students are not graduating (Coppin), how has the institution met the real needs of that student?

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