Hey Mizzou, It’s Time to Step Up

Now that the University of Missouri’s president has resigned and the chancellor has announced that he’ll step down at the end of the year, hopefully students’ concerns will be addressed. Of all Concerned Student 1950’s list of demands, there is one that particularly impressed me because of its urgency in requiring a plan of action:

“We demand that the University of Missouri composes a strategic 10 year plan by May 1, 2016 that will increase retention rates for marginalized students, sustain diversity curriculum and training, and promote a more safe and inclusive campus.”

Improving graduation rates at Mizzou for students of color couldn’t come a moment sooner. At Mizzou, graduation rates for African American students, for example, have declined since 2009 (from 60 percent to 54 percent), and the gap between white student graduation rates and those of black students has grown to 17 points (in 2003, it was 13 points).

Read the entire post on Ed Trust's blog, The Equity Line.