Survey Gives MU a 'D' for Minority Access

1 decade 2 years 1 week ago Wednesday, November 29 2006 Nov 29, 2006 Wednesday, November 29, 2006 8:18:04 PM CST November 29, 2006 in News

Universities were graded on acess for low-income students, access for minority students,and gaps in graduation rates between groups. It also looked at whether the colleges were becoming more or less of a representative of the state's demographics.

MU got a "D" along with 25 other schools.

"We're dissapointed, we wish we were doing better, but I think it's important for us to take a look at this and to look at where we go from here," said Jim Williams, Director of Urban Outreach.

MU says its trying to increase the access and success for minority and low-income students. The Education Trust says this is a problem nationwide and it's not asking for universities to lower their standards.

Kati Haycock from Education Trust said, "The data are overwhelmingly clear that even the highest achieving lower income students are entering these institutions at only about 1/4 the rate of similarly achieving high income students."

The group says it hopes this report will bring a new focus on minority and low-income students. Of the 50 colleges graded, none got an "A," only 4 got a "B" and 7 got an "F."

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