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Report looks at grad rates for African-Americans

A report published in the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education reveals statistics on the black graduation rate of many universities in America. The national average is 42%. VCU ties the national average. A look at the rates of other Virginia colleges:

UVA 86 %

U of R 83%

W & L 76%

Longwood 65%

George Mason 60%

Hampton 55%

ODU 50%

VSU 40%

Norfolk St. 27%

VUU 24%

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Embedded Journalist: ROTC weekend


The ROTC Spider Battalion conducted its spring field training exercise (FTX) at the end of February at Fort Pickett in Blackstone, Va. Part of that training for the cadets was to have a member of the news media embedded with the unit. VCU InSight’s Matt Becker spent the weekend with Spider Battalion.

Matt Becker

The Spider Battalion took off from University of Richmond on Friday, February 29 in two waves of Black Hawk helicopters. Only a few minutes after landing, the helicopters were loaded and back in the air. The wind whipped frigid air into the chopper for the 30 minute trip to Fort Pickett.

At 6:30 p.m. as the second set of Black Hawks touched down. I exited the aircraft and ran alongside cadets to get outside the helicopter blade radius. The drop-off point was a little off, so we all had a short hike to get to base camp.

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