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New Report: Minority Serving Institutions as Engines of Upward Mobility

The American Council on Education recently released a report comparing the effects of minority-serving institution (MSI) and non-MSI 2- and 4-year postsecondary institutions on promoting economic mobility. The report can be accessed via this link.

The study found greater mobility effects for MSIs compared to non-MSI institutions, including the following for 2-year institutions (see the report for more details and an explanation of the methodology and terminology):

  • Two-year HSIs, PBIs, and HBCUs enrolled a higher percentage of students from the lowest income quintile than two-year non-MSIs, with said enrollment at PBIs and HBCUs (29 percent and 33 percent, respectively) double that of non-MSIs (15 percent).
  • The mobility rate of two-year MSIs was higher than that of two-year non-MSIs. HSIs in particular had a mobility rate of double that of non-MSIs (3.2 percent versus 1.5 percent).
  • HSIs had an extended mobility rate of 17.2 percent, and AANAPISIs, PBIs, and HBCUs had extended mobility rates of about 13 percent. The extended mobility rate of non-MSIs in this sector was 10.9 percent.