With our fourth annual Impact Report, the College Beyond team is excited to share that College Beyond’s students closed the freshman retention gap at the University of New Orleans for the second year in a row.
Last year, we announced that our students accomplished this for a first time by increasing their retention rate by over 20 percentage points. This year, we replicated those results while serving more students.
This means that our students — who face longer-than-average odds of college graduation — are persisting in college at the same (actually, a slightly higher!) rate than their more privileged peers.
The report also details some exciting organizational changes at College Beyond, and introduces our new Executive Director, Dr. Erin Wheeler.
None of this would be possible without the students, families, staff, board members, and supporters who invest their time, hearts, and resources in this work every day. Many thanks and kudos to all for your dedication!