Dillard looks to raise dropping graduation rates for black men
NEW ORLEANS -- At Dillard University, a discussion is happening on how to help get African American students, primarily men, stay in school and graduate on time.
The latest numbers from the National Center For Educational Studies 35 percent of black males complete a bachelor's degree in six years or less, but in Louisiana, that number is far less.
Shaun Harper, with the University of Pennsylvania, has studied this issue. She said it's time for colleges to take some of the blame.
"What I argued in my keynote is there are institutional factors as well. There are faculty practices and other kinds of things the institution does and doesn't do to bolster student success."
Admissions counselor, Christopher Stewart, has seen one of the factors that contribute to the low graduation rates. He said some students are not interested in what their parents or peers want them to study, thus they get bored and eventually drop out.