Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor David H. Perrin will attend Helping Students Beat the Odds, a Sept. 16 conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. His invitation is an honor that recognizes UNCG’s success graduating African-American students.
That success was also recently recognized by the Education Trust. On Aug. 9, the organization released a report – “Big Gaps, Small Gaps: Some Colleges and Universities Do Better Than Others in Graduating African-American Students” – that cited UNCG as an example of how to support African-American students. On average, 56 percent of African-American students at UNCG graduate within six years, compared with 51 percent of white students.
UNCG’s success in this area stems from the university’s focus on student retention and graduation, a focus shared throughout the University of North Carolina system, Perrin said.