These graphs display graduation and retention rates for about 3,000 colleges and universities in the United States. The bar graph shows a breakdown of graduation rates for different racial groups, averaged over the last decade.
The first line graph shows how graduation rates have changed for each of these groups over the last decade from 2010-2019. The second line graph shows retention rates (percent of enrolled freshman who return for the following school year) over that same span.
These graphs will be very interesting when the Covid-affected data becomes available in the coming months. It will be important for colleges to take note of the aggregate retention rates and how students reacted to being sent home in the spring of 2020. It will also be important from a social justice perspective to look at graduation rates broken down by race as well as other categories to analyze how the pandemic has impacted groups differently.
Data Analyst: Kilian Quinn