The Education Gap: Understanding African American and Hispanic Attainment Disparities in Higher Education PDF

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The Education Gap is the first in a series of four briefs on diversity and inclusion issues within U.S. higher education. To better understand why African American and Hispanic students have had lower levels of postsecondary degree attainment, it examines the degree or certificate attainment of college freshmen from different racial and ethnic groups who along the way have met nine positive conditions for academic success. The nine conditions were chosen because, unlike the students’ inherent traits such as being the first in the family to attend college or having a particular socioeconomic status, they can be influenced by deliberate efforts.