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Improving the degree attainment of black and minority ethnic students

A joint Higher Education Academy and ECU commentary on supporting BME students to achieve better degrees

improving-degree-attainment-BME-coverA commentary published by the Higher Education Academy and Equality Challenge Unit to provide higher education institutions with ideas and examples on how to support black and minority ethnic (BME) students to achieve a better degree classification on graduation.

The commentary draws on the experiences of a wide variety of institutional types, with attainment gaps both above and below the national average (18%). The commentary highlights the experiences of the different institutions, and the solutions developed.

Areas covered include:

  • Institutional drivers for action to improve degree attainment, such as legislation and institutional identity.
  • Challenges in addressing degree attainment, including cultural and financial
  • Planning the way forward
  • A wide variety of institutional approaches
  • Mechanisms to improve degree attainment