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Racial Graduation Gaps at Michigan Public Universities

February 28, 2012

This article is re-posted from The Center for Michigan.

There is a 22-percent gap between white and black graduation rates atMichiganpublic universities – significantly wider than the national public university racial gap of 16 percent. Wayne State University has the largest racial graduation gap in the state, and the largest in the nation among public universities.

Here are rates for 2009, the most recent year available, for all schools (all figures represent percentages):

Central Michigan University

White: 58.7

Black: 45.2

Gap: 13.5

Eastern Michigan University

White:  45.2

Black: 25.1

Gap: 20.1

Ferris State University

White: 49.2

Black: 21.6

Gap: 27.6

Grand Valley State University

White: 61.4

Black: 55.3

Gap: 6.1

Lake Superior State University

Not available.

Michigan State University

White: 81.0

Black: 58.7

Gap: 22.3

Michigan Tech

White: 66.9

Black: 71.4

Gap: -4.5

Northern Michigan University

White: 46.1

Black: 33.3

Gap: 12.8

Oakland University

White: 45.1

Black: 15.4

Gap: 29.7

Saginaw Valley State University

White: 41.8

Black: 11.7

Gap: 30.1

University of Michigan

White: 94.6

Black: 78.9

Gap: 15.7

University of Michigan-Dearborn

White: 50.3

Black: 34.5

Gap: 15.8

University of Michigan-Flint

White: 47.3

Black: 27.3

Gap: 20.0

Wayne State University

White: 44.6

Black: 8.6

Gap: 36.0

Western Michigan University

White: 55.6

Black: 39.7

Gap: 15.9

Source: The Education Trust

2 Comments leave one →
  1. mrreylou permalink
    February 28, 2012 2:11 pm

    Is the world really only black and white? Is this reality?

  2. February 28, 2012 2:21 pm

    I don’t think that the post is meant to communicate that the world is only black and white. The numbers reflect racial disparities in graduation rates at Public universities in Michigan. If you look at racial disparities in who owns property, K-12 schools, who is in jail/prison, poverty rates, health issues……you will see similar numbers. I posted the data because it is relevant and because there is institutional racism in this state and this country in my opinion.

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