Here are some statistical numbers in relation to Friday’s post regarding Native students in academia.
In some states with the highest graduation rates, there are disparities in the graduation rates between economic and racial groups. In Iowa, only 74 percent of black students graduate in four years, compared to 91 percent of white students. In North Dakota, only 63 percent of American Indian students graduate, compared to 90 percent of white students.
The data also show that nationwide, American Indian and Alaska Native students graduate at rates far below their peers. Only 67 percent of Native American students graduate in four years, compared to 86 percent of white students, and 88 percent of Asian and Pacific Islander students. Students at Bureau of Indian Education schools also lag behind, with a graduation rate of only 53 percent during the 2011-12 school year, an 8 percentage point drop from the previous year.
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