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Achievement Gap

The mission of the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater includes “…[creating and maintaining] a positive and inviting environment for multicultural students, students with disabilities, and nontraditional students, and [providing] support services and programs for them.” To achieve this goal, we provide the university community with reports on the academic achievement of different sub-groups of our student population. This includes reports examining how the opportunity and readiness gaps impact our students. The Achievement Gap refers to the ways in which factors such as gender, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, familial situations, etc., contribute to lower educational attainment for certain groups of students. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education defines the Readiness Gap as “…the disparity between the skills and knowledge that students gain in high school versus the skills and knowledge that colleges and universities expect.” 

Achievement Gap

Retention and Graduation Rates for URM and Non-URM students

Whitewater Campus

Rock County Campus

Retention and Graduation Rates/Gaps by College and Major

Readiness Gap

Incoming student data for URM and Non-URM students

Last updated: March 2019  |  Next update: March 2020  |  Census date: Retention - 10th Day of Instruction / Graduation - July 1

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Achievement Gap


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