Tuesday, January 15, 2013

After reading some of the articles assigned, I have discovered a few different perspectives concerning the education of African Americans. From Black Student College Graduation Rates, it was great to see that the graduation rates of black students are improving. However, it is sad to learn that there is still a large gap between black and white graduation rates and not much is being done to bridge this gap. It was also interesting to read that a lot of the colleges with higher gradution rates tend to use programs, such as mentoring, to assist African American students with their first college experience. Likewise, Debunking Education Myths about Blacks listed a variety of steps that could be taken to get African American students on track towards graduating. For instance, counseling, mentoring, and interships, are just a few of the strategies listed for helping to improve these graduation rates. I am excited to begin this partnership with LOT, Leaders of Tomorrow, this semester. I am very interested to see some of the strategies they utilize to help today's youth succeed in high school and pursue higher education. Overall, I am excited to begin this networking experience and working with others for a good cause!

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