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For HBCUs, Boosting Graduation Rates May Affect The Bottom Line

For the more than 100 historically black colleges and universities nationwide, boosting graduation rates can be an uphill climb.

The schools commonly referred to as ‘HBCUs’ enroll many low-income, minority students who may not be academically prepared for college.

Ohio’s public higher education institutions used to earn their chunks of state funding based on enrollment rates, but today, it’s based on the amount number of students completing courses and graduating.

That shift has made all of the state’s schools take a hard look at the types of students they attract and retain. But it’s slightly different at HBCUs like Southern Ohio’s Central State University.

With more than 2,000 students, the university’s four-year graduation rate clocks in at roughly 10 percent, while 25 percent of students graduate in six years.