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Statement by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan On Congressionally Mandated Report on Access for Minority Males to Colleges, Universities

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U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today issued the following statement on a congressionally mandated report by the National Center for Education Statistics regarding access for minority males to colleges and universities, entitled, Higher Education: Gaps in Access and Persistence Study.”

“This report confirms that we have a long way to go to close the persistent gaps in college access and college completion for minority male students, especially those who are less well-off,” Secretary Duncan said. “Improving college access and ensuring that more of these students complete college won’t only aid disadvantaged minority males, it will strengthen the entire country by better preparing us all for a 21st century economy.”