There is a disturbing study by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution which found that there is a chronic problem at the nation’s historically black colleges and universities with shockingly low graduation rates. The newspaper found that the six-year graduation rates at 20 schools were 20 percent or lower in 2015. Some of the schools showed a rate of only five percent — raising serious questions over not just the performance of these schools but the treatment of their students.
While Spelman College in Atlanta shows a 76 percent graduation rate, other schools have shocking rates even after six years. These include Arkansas Baptist College (5%); Virginia University of Lynchburg (5%); Harris-Stow State University (7%); Concordia College Alabama (10%); Southwestern Christian College (10%); Texas College (13%); Paul Quinn College (13%); and Southern University New Orleans (14%). Even Morehouse College struggles with 51% (down from 57% in 2010).
These figures would suggest that some of these schools have student bodies where 95 percent of the students will not receive a degree after six years of work.