Read this opening paragraph from the recent Daily Breeze:
Cal State Dominguez Hills ranks first in the state for the number of bachelor's degrees conferred on black students, and is among the top 100 universities in the country in minority graduates, according to the education magazine Diverse: Issues in Higher Education.
This acheivement is the result of many elements of our community coming together to offer a first class education to minority students. To those that dreamed of this insititution and worked, raised money, volunteered, taught and sent your own kids there I say this: YOU DID IT! Congratulations.
As Willie J. Hagan, president of Cal State Dominguez Hills, said, "These numbers represent not only degrees achieved, but also dreams realized. CSU Dominguez Hills is focused on improving graduation rates for all students, and I applaud our outstanding faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to our students"
So, what is next? Should we pat ourselves on the shoulder for a job well done?
More importantly, we need to get together with the stakeholders, figure out the lessons learned, develop best practices and strive to implement them across Los Angeles.
As a recent study revealed, "In 2009-10 the national graduation rate for Black male students was 52%. The graduation rate for White, non-Latino males was 78%."
We need to do better.