Wisconsin’s Diversity Program is Not Doing Very Well

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university of wisconsin photoA program specifically geared to creating diversity doesn’t work at University of Wisconsin. Ouch; that’s quite telling:

According to The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, an independent study of the UW program released Thursday reveals that participants make up only a small percentage of each freshman class, despite the program’s goal to increase diversity among the UW-Madison student body.

Compounding the situation, The Journal Times adds that the study also concluded that participants actually graduate at lower rates than other low-income and minority students at the university.

The Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Experience ( PEOPLE) is described as “a pre-college pipeline for students of color and low-income students, most of whom are the first in their families to potentially attend college,” and seeks to create long-term academic and social support for such students, offering tutoring, a summer living experience on campus, and after-school programs, among other opportunities.

Photo by Jim Bauer

Photo by Jim Bauer