The graduation rate for first-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees rose to 60 percent across all four-year institutions in 2014, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This represents a slight increase since 2000, when 57.5 percent of first-time students graduated.
But some racial groups have earned bachelor’s degrees at higher rates than others, significantly increasing the gap between the college degree attainment of whites and Asian-Americans and that of blacks and Hispanic-Americans.
The gap between white and black adults who earned a bachelor’s degree has widened from 13 to 22 percentage points over the past two decades, the report finds. At the same time, the gap between white and Hispanic adults earning degrees has grown from 20 to 27 percentage points.
The 2016 The Condition of Education is the 42nd edition of this annual report, which is produced under congressional mandate by NCES, the Department of Education’s data branch. It outlines the latest data on everything from public school enrollment to the median earnings of degree recipients.