Academics: Spelman MILE

Spelman Ranks No. 1 in Graduation Rate Among Minority-Serving Colleges

Spelman College was recently ranked No. 1 in graduation rates among minority-serving four-year colleges with the best six-year graduation rates. According to The Chronicle of Higher Education's Almanac of Higher Education 2013, Spelman boasts a 77 percent overall graduation rate. Howard University ranked second at 62.6 percent. Morehouse College ranked No. 5 with a 55.5 percent graduation rate. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the 2011 graduation rate for full-time, first-time undergraduate students who began their pursuit of a bachelor's degree at a four-year degree-granting institution in fall 2005 was 59 percent.

"Within the last decade, there has been an increased emphasis on accountability in higher education," said Geneva Baxter, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies. "Spelman, like other post-secondary Institutions, must provide evidence of student learning and program effectiveness to remain competitive as well as accredited.  Revising its core curriculum, Spelman has implemented the Spelman MILE, My Integrated Learning Experience, in response to the demand for quality programming that is evidence based. This unique approach not only engages students, but it also provides tools for measuring student learning outcomes.  Hence, our effective programming has helped to improve retention and has yielded a higher graduation rate, which has contributed to our ranking."

Also read The State of HBCUs: Spelman College in The Atlanta Voice.

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