Report: Focus on Part-Time Students to Close Achievement Gaps

A new report this week from the Education Advisory Board (EAB) encourages community colleges to increase support for part-time students in order to achieve equity and reduce the nearly 20-percentage-point achievement gap between White and minority students.

In “Reframing the Question of Equity,” EAB researchers found that part-time students – who are more likely to be Hispanic or Black – tend to have lower completion rates than their full-time and White peers. Even if they are part-time for only a semester, Hispanic and Black part-time students experience a decline in their degree-completion rates by 39 and 31 percent, respectively, compared to a decline of 29 percent for White part-time students.

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