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At Univ. of Minnesota, American Indian Graduation Rate Doubles in a Decade


February 14, 2020

Minneapolis is considered the city where the American Indian Movement began in the late 1960s, as Caroline Preston of the Hechinger Report recounts. The University of Minnesota–Twin Cities also has the oldest Department of American Indian Studies, founded in 1969. But these facts did not prevent the university from having a dismal 27 percent six-year graduation rate for American Indian and Alaskan Native students nearly 40 years later in 2008.

But now, those numbers have turned around. In 2018, the school reported a 69 percent graduation rate, even as the number of enrolled Native undergraduates climbed to 418, compared with 339 a decade earlier. The university's turnabout is remarkable, especially when compared with national numbers. As of 2017, only 39 percent of native students enrolled nationally graduate within six years, Preston notes.


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