CLAS student​The University of Colorado Denver is recognized in a just-released report by The Education Trust highlighting the work of colleges to improve the graduation rates of students of color, a fast-growing demographic in America. “Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students” spotlights colleges of all types that are producing better results by improving graduation rates and/or narrowing the graduation-rate gaps on their campuses.

CU Denver placed ninth in the report’s Top 25 Graduation-Rate Gap-Closers Among Public Institutions list and 22nd in the report’s Top 25 Top Gainers in Hispanic Student Graduation Rates Among Public Institutions.

“The results mentioned in this report are indicative of the intentional decisions we are making to improve support for all of our students,” said Raul Cardenas, associate vice chancellor for Student Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver. “We are confident that our commitment to improved advising, student life and first-year experiences will undoubtedly lead to improved retention and graduation rates.”

The report is one of two released today from the Education Trust. The other focuses on completion rates of African-American students.

“Colleges must do more to ensure success for all students, particularly the growing number of black and Latino students in our country. Thankfully, some institutions are showing us that the status quo is not inevitable,” said José Cruz, vice president for higher education policy and practice at The Education Trust. “The lessons are clear: What institutions of higher education do—and don’t do—for students directly and powerfully impacts student success. The schools we’ve identified provide vivid signposts on the road to boosting graduation rates at colleges and universities across the country.”

By 2018, our nation is projected to need 22 million more college-educated workers; and by that time, more than half of jobs are projected to require a post-secondary degree. Using trend data from College Results Online — a unique Web-based tool that allows users to examine important information like graduation rates by race, ethnicity and gender for four-year colleges across the country — these two studies highlight institutions that are improving outcomes for students of color.

“The broad trends in these two reports demonstrate the impact that institutional efforts can have on increasing graduation rates and closing gaps,” said Mary Nguyen, higher education research and policy analyst at The Education Trust. “By taking responsibility for the outcomes of their students, institutions like the University of Colorado Denver are producing better results and showing us that progress is possible for all institutions.”

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