USF No. 2 for Closing Latino Achievement Gap

By ARVIN TEMKAR, USF NEWS Posted Mon, 12/18/2017 - 13:58

USF is number two among U.S. colleges and universities for closing the Latino achievement gap. 

In fact, 72 percent of Latino students at USF graduate, which exceeds USF’s white student graduation rate of 68 percent, according to a study by nonprofit education advocacy group The Education Trust. That’s in stark contrast to the national Latino college graduation rate, which is 10 percentage points lower than for white students — 54 percent compared to 63 percent, respectively. 

USF joins Loyola Marymount University, UC Irvine, and the University of Florida in The Education Trust’s list of top-10 performing schools. The nonprofit analyzed 2013, 2014, and 2015 data from more than 600 public and private four-year institutions.

 “This report is an indication that all of our students can be successful, no matter their racial or ethnic backgrounds,” says Provost Don Heller.

USF advantage

A major part of USF’s success is the small classes taught by faculty members — as opposed to other universities that have packed lecture halls and many classes taught by graduate students, Heller says. Students are also supported by their faculty advisers and through offices like the Center for Academic and Student Achievement.

“The bottom line is, it’s very difficult for a student to fall through the cracks at USF, given the support we provide to them,” Heller says.

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