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Sun-Times Features NLU President, Colleges’ Pledge of Assistance 25 colleges plan to improve graduation rates for disadvantaged students by 2025

The Chicago Sun-Times quoted National Louis University President Nivine Megahed, Ph.D., in an article on 25 Chicago-area colleges and universities addressing the fact that working-class college students, particularly those who are African-American and Latino, have a much lower rate of graduating than their wealthier classmates.

Reporter Carlos Ballesteros wrote that the schools are working together under the name of the Illinois Equity in Attainment Initiative, a project from the Partnership for College Completion, an education non-profit. The IEAI, which includes public and private two- and four-year colleges and universities, pledged to end the racial and economic disparities in graduation rates by 2025.

“The entire region has to step up and push for equity among higher education because it represents economic and social mobility for those who need it the most,” the paper quoted Megahed as saying.

Read the article here.