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University of Virginia Maintains Record for Number 1 Black Graduation Rate

by on March 7, 2009

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For the 15th consecutive year, the University of Virginia graduated the highest percentage of African-American students of all public universities, according to the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education.
U.Va.’s black graduation rate tops its nearest public rival, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, by 14 percentage points, the journal reported.

Among all schools, public and private, U.Va. retained its place from last year, tied for No. 8 in the group of 29 schools with a graduation rate of 86 percent or higher for their African-American students.

"U.Va. is gratified at once again having the highest rate for African-American students of any public university in the nation," said William B. Harvey, vice president and chief officer for diversity and equity.

"It’s important to point out that of the 29 institutions with the highest graduation rates for African-American students, U.Va. is the only public university. For 15 consecutive years, this honor has been bestowed upon the institution," he said. "While it would be easy to be complacent with this level of success over such a long period of time, that hasn’t happened, and in fact, the graduation rate for 2008 is actually higher than it was 10 years ago."

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