Several Measures Needed to Help HBCUs Boost Retention, Graduation Rates - Higher Education: The article regarding Coppin State University raises issues that are prevalent among many Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the country. A holistic approach is very much needed to address the low retention and graduation rates. I applaud the committee for identifying many of the key factors that have contributed to the low retention and graduation rates.
The issues, however, are common to many institutions but can be addressed with the appropriate resources, resolve, and dedicated faculty and staff. It is very important to have an assessment component to all of the initiatives that may be implemented to address the challenges that first-generation students face.