For the second time in three years, UNCG has made a short list of American colleges and universities excelling at shrinking the graduation gap between white and black students.

In a new report by The Education Trust, an education watchdog group, UNCG was noted among schools that have maintained an equitable success rates for white and black students. In data from 2010, less than one percentage point separated the six-year graduation rate for white students, 53.1 percent, from that of black students, 52.3 percent. Graduation rates for both student demographics have increased from 2004, when the rates were 51 percent and 51.5 percent, respectively, an indication of the success of university-wide efforts to boost the graduation rates of all students.

“This recognition by The Education Trust reaffirms the work of UNCG’s faculty and staff in support of student success,” said UNCG Chancellor Linda P. Brady. “UNCG is committed to enhancing the student experience through learning communities and residential colleges, mentoring programs, academic support services, service-learning opportunities, and other high-impact practices.  Student success is the responsibility of every member of the UNCG community.”

UNCG is the most diverse institution in the UNC System, with more than 40 percent of undergraduates identifying as a racial or ethnic minority. For the 2012-13 academic year, 28 percent of the undergraduate student body identified as African American.

UNC Wilmington, Appalachian State University and N.C. State were also recognized in The Education Trust brief. To read the full report, visit http://www.edtrust.org/dc/publication/advancing-to-completion-increasing-degree-attainment-by-improving-graduation-rates-a-0.