Nationwide Study: Rutgers Closes Graduation Rate Gap

The Washington Post this week took a close look at a recently-released study that showed a widening gap between the graduation rate of black college students and that of white students. The Post looked specifically at the gap in graduation rates at Rutgers-New Brunswick and Purdue to show that two similar institutions have dramatically different results. From the Post: "
Rutgers University-New Brunswick and Purdue University share a few things in common. They have roughly the same size student body, similar admission requirements and a similar percentage of black students. Yet in the decade ending 2013, graduation rates for African Americans at Rutgers climbed about 12 percentage points, while they slipped five points at Purdue." Read the story here
RU-Newark Outperforming Peers in Key Areas, USDOE Says

RU-Newark was lauded by the U.S. Dept. of Education for being among a small group of institutions nationally that "outperform their peer institutions in enrolling and graduating Pell Grant recipients," according to the report. The University was featured in a new report released by USDOE called - Fulfilling the Promise, Serving the Need: Advancing College Opportunity for Low-Income Students - which highlights institutions across the country that are making significant strides in increasing graduation rates among Pell-eligible students.  Read more here.

Noted Scholar Named Rutgers Law School Co-Dean 
Michael T. Cahill, a noted criminal law scholar and an experienced law school administrator committed to promoting affordability, public engagement, and student success, has been named as the first permanent co-dean of the Rutgers Law School location in Camden by Phoebe A. Haddon, chancellor of RU-Camden.  The appointment takes effect on July 1. Cahill, 44, currently is a professor at Brooklyn Law School, where he served as vice dean from 2013 to 2015. As an administrator, he helped formulate and implement multiple nationally recognized initiatives designed to make legal education more affordable, including a 15 percent across-the-board tuition reduction and the "Bridge to Success" program, which offers to repay 15 percent of total tuition costs to those students who do not secure full-time employment within nine months after graduation. Cahill is pictured at right. Read more here.