Boosting Retention for Ethnic Minority Students: Laying the Groundwork

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Iowa’s three public universities have been in the news recently because of a fresh push from the state’s board of regents to improve the six-year graduation rates for underrepresented minority students.

The University of Iowa, Iowa State University, and the University of Northern Iowa are each piloting different initiatives to boost persistence and academic success for their ethnic minority students, particularly African Americans.

At Academic Impressions, we decided to reach out to representatives from the Iowa institutions and leading thinkers from other institutions to learn what practices or key considerations they would share with peers elsewhere in the US. In this first in a series of articles on the issue, we interviewed Goldie Adele, director of the Disability Resource Center at Southern Connecticut State University. Adele is an attorney with expertise in diversity and disability services, a past chair of the National Bar Association, Legislative Division, and a key thinker on supporting diverse student populations.

Adele offers the following tips for establishing the initial groundwork for a truly effective push to support and retain more ethnic minority students.

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