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Crain's Chicago Business

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Barrington Price, vice president of student success and engagement, was used as a res​ource for an article in Crain's Chicago Business about area universities' efforts to boost the enrollment of African American students, a population that has been shrinking in recent years. 

Price advised that Dominican is putting an emphasis on offering classes and programs that help African American students, as well as all students, satisfy study requirements and partner with peers for support.

"This year, we're trying to coach students into the support they need, and doing that aggressively so we can get in front of this and close that equity gap with respect to their success," he said.​

According to the article, African American enrollment at Illinois public higher education institutions dropped 26 percent between 2013 and 2017. Some university officials attribute the decline to the state's overall black population loss, lower high school graduation rates among African Americans, and higher tuition costs over the past two decades. 

You can read the entire article here​. Photo by Todd Winters for Crain's.