A new state report says almost a third of Connecticut public college and university students are from minority groups and that their graduation rates are lagging.

More than 31,600 students identifying themselves as black, Hispanic or belonging to another minority group were enrolled as of fall 2010.

But the report says only 20 percent of students receiving bachelor’s and associate degrees last year were from those minority groups, and that more work is necessary to retain them. It also says Hispanic and black students are overrepresented at two-year community colleges and underrepresented at four-year universities.

The report was prepared for the state’s Board of Governors for Higher Education, which will review it Wednesday. The report will also go to the General Assembly and Gov. Dannel P. Malloy this spring.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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