But for an expense that is among the biggest of a family's lifetime (perhaps second only to the purchase of a home), we should be able to do better than rely on annual rankings from a magazine that doesn't really publish anything beyond rankings anymore.
According to CUNY college tests, only 1.1 percent of the New Height Academy's graduates were actually prepared to do college level work without remediation. This is for a charter school that received a grade of "A" from New York City Department of Education assessors.
Community colleges are a great option for a lot of students -- but what I'd like is for these colleges to be presented as an option by guidance counselors, educators and leaders - not as the only alternative for Latinos.
Believe me, I'm concerned about national graduation rates, as well. At 55.5 percent (six-year) nationally, we could be doing a lot better. However, HBCUs get unfair treatment when it comes to discussions of graduation rates, and here is why.
America was once thought of as the leader of the free world. Over the next 30 years, U.S. cities and states probably will be defined by what happens with the bottom two-thirds of citizens rather than the top one-third.
91 percent of white basketball players on 2011 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament Teams graduated last year, while only 59 percent of their black counterparts earned their college degree -- a 32 percent gap.