08/04/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Arne Duncan Calls For Historically Black Colleges To Improve Graduation Rates

Education Secretary Arne Duncan reaffirmed on Thursday the White House's commitment to helping historically black colleges survive and thrive into the future, but in a speech here he urged the institutions to improve their teacher-training programs and graduation rates.

Mr. Duncan made his remarks to several hundred leaders and staff and faculty members of black colleges who were attending a symposium on historically black colleges at North Carolina Central University, which is celebrating its centennial year.

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