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From The Detroit News.
Black-white graduation gap at WSU worst in U.S.Interesting. First the university has to accept marginal students because of social programs and then, when the students fail to be competitive, the university is chastised for not doing enough... such as lowering standards sufficiently... to allow those students to graduate with credentials that they will use to obtain jobs.
Wayne defends its efforts; critics say school is too rigid
BY KIM KOZLOWSKI
The Detroit News
Wayne State University is failing its African-American stu dents, graduating fewer than one in 10 while success for their white counterparts is four times higher, according to a report is sued this month.
The graduation gap between white and black students at WSU is the worst in the nation among public universities, ac cording to a report by the Wash ington, D.C.-based Education Trust.
With a new school year be ginning next week, WSU offi cials say they are working to re tain and graduate more stu dents, tailoring their efforts to Detroit students who tend to be less prepared with more finan cial needs. But some observers say there are numerous issues that hinder student success, such as graduation require ments that are onerous, poor leadership and too much focus on research and not enough on students.
“It’s inexcusable,” said Frank Koscielski, a WSU academic ad viser and recruiter. “Wayne State could be and should be the finest urban commuter university in the country. Unfortunately, it has had poor top administrators who wanted to make the univer sity something that it isn’t.”
No one mentions that many of the WSU students are from Detroit Public Schools which has an abysmal graduation rate itself... and accepts questionable academic work from those who do graduate in order to have some students actually graduate.