Wayne State University Adopts Programs To Close Achievement Gap Between Black And White Students

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After spending most of his career as an executive at Ford Motor Co., Wayne State President Allan Gilmour knows plenty about retooling. Taking a redesigned car from the drawing board to the showroom can take three or four years.

Building a successful student retention program could take longer.

From free housing for the summer to tougher admission standards, Wayne State is pulling out all the stops to improve its dismal graduation rate for African-American students.

“We need to do things differently,” Gilmour said. “Not just us, but the whole system of education.”

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