LaGrange College’s graduation rates for its black students
landed the school near the top of a national list.
LaGrange singled out for black graduation rates
Sept. 21, 2012
LaGrange College's graduation rates for black students have earned the school
a spot near the top of a national list.
The college placed sixth in the nation for improvement in graduation rates among
all private institutions, according to the Education Trust, a Washington-based
think-tank that focuses on racial and ethnic achievement gaps. It was the only
Georgia school ranked in the top 25.
LaGrange came in at number eight for diminishing the gap between black graduation
rates and those same numbers for the rest of the student population.
Released Thursday, the study looked at graduation rates between 2004 and 2010.
The numbers for 2010 showed that 19.9 percent of LaGrange's undergraduate class
was composed of black students, and that their graduation rate improved by 21.3
The gap between white and black graduation rates narrowed to 4.4 percentage points
Provost David Garrison said he is especially pleased with the recognition.
"The primary reason for this particular success has to do not with special efforts
aimed at African-American students but with the institution's commitment to strong
relationships with all students. We are determined to create a supportive learning
environment of allegiance to each student, an environment that leads to transforming
the lives of our students and the communities in which we live."
The college has been recognized in the past for its personal attention to students
characterized by a low student-faculty ratio and its small class sizes (an average
The Education Trust promotes and supports policies that raise student achievement,
close achievement gaps and ensure all students can succeed. For more about the
study, visit www.edtrust.org.
A four-year liberal arts and sciences college affiliated with the United Methodist
Church, LaGrange College is consistently ranked in the top 10 among Southern schools
by U.S.News & World Report. It is the oldest private institution of higher
learning in Georgia and has an enrollment of more than 900 students.