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Shayla Pink

UWRT 1102
20 October 2015
This was the first article that I read and it feels like a good start. I picked this because it didnt
really cover the HBCU v. PWI debate that everyone else seems to put out. I also liked this article
because it talked about graduation not enrollment. No offense, but I dont care about enrollment.
I want to see who finished, thats the real results.

Casselman, Ben. "Race Gap Narrows in College Enrollment, But Not in Graduation."
FiveThirtyEight. N.p., 30 Apr. 2014. Web. 26 Oct. 2015.

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In the debate of African Americans graduation rates compared to those of White students
there are a lot of different factors that have to be taken into consideration. Ben Casselman covers
this topic pretty well in his article Race Gap Narrows in College Enrollment, But Not in
Graduation. In this article Casselman talks about affirmative action, demographics such as high
schools and family life, income and whether the student is part-time or full-time. Casselman
starts off by stating that the amount of African American students enrolled in a University has
gone up but that is not what people should be focused on. Casselman says that the focus should
be on educational attainment, or the amount of school a person completes. In 2013 40

percent of whites between the ages of 25 and 29 had a Bachelors degree compared to about 20
percent of blacks. Affirmative action is briefly discussed but only to say that its not about race
but income. Although there is a gap where income is taken into place it is larger with race. Its
also said that most studies arent complete because they dont take into account high school
quality, parents marital status and other factors that can contribute to students success. Another
factor that is never properly shown are students that attend part-time, two year universities and
transfer students. By saying this Casselman is introducing another aspect of higher learning
which are remedial classes, they can make school longer for students which makes it more likely
for them to drop out. African American students are more likely to be put into remedial classes
than any other race of students. The last thing considered is how prepared a student is for college,
that is never considered when graduation rates between blacks and whites is being compared.
After reading this article I felt as if this article touched on the basics of my topic. This
would be my what is the old thoughts of how an African American student is in general. This is
mostly the reason why African American students have more going against them compared to
white students. This reading was easy to understand and apply once you get through all the
fluff. The focus audience for this article seems as if it were for those who are currently students
or those that have recently graduated. If I were to use this article in my thesis I would use it for
the statistics and for background.