FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, October 07, 2002
University of California Office of the President
Underrepresented student graduation rates up at UC,
outpace rest of nation
The University of California is far surpassing national averages
across the nation in the number of underrepresented minority
students who graduate.
UC's findings come in the wake of a recent American Council
on Education (ACE) study showing that graduation rates for
underrepresented students nationwide remained relatively low
in the 1990s compared with other demographic groups.
ACE found that at NCAA Division I colleges and universities
nationwide, 38 percent of African American and American Indian
students and 46 percent for Hispanic students entering in
the fall of 1994 had graduated by 2000. UC rates were higher
for all ethnic groups. UC had freshmen graduation rates of
56 percent for African American students, 64.3 percent for
Chicano students, 68.8 percent for Latino students and 65.7
percent for American Indian students.
Overall, 63.3 percent of UC underrepresented minority students
(African American, Latino/Chicano and American Indian) entering
in the fall of 1994 had graduated by 2000. The graduation
rate for underrepresented minority students at UC rose to
67.5 percent by 2001.
In addition, UC persistence rates have been steadily rising.
Persistence rates for underrepresented students continuing
through to their third year at UC have increased from 67.9
percent for the entering class of Fall 1984 to 81.9 percent
for those who entered in Fall 1999.
Graduation rates for all students remain high at UC. Within
six years of entering as freshmen in 1994, 75.2 percent graduated
by 2000, up from 70.7 in 1985. For transfer students, 78.2
percent of them had graduated by 2000 after attending UC for
four years, up from 71.8 percent in 1985. By 2001, graduation
rates for freshmen went up even more, reaching 76.1 percent.
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