The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee announced this week that a group of donors has committed $2.1 million to an initiative meant to close the long-standing equity gap in college graduation rates.

The work is rooted in the Moon Shot for Equity partnership that UWM joined in 2020 with education firm EAB, a collaboration formed to duplicate the success achieved at Georgia State University, which announced in 2019 that over a three-year period, it had more than doubled its graduation rate and cut graduation rate gaps between Black and white students in half.

“Moon Shot’s comprehensive approach removes obstacles and creates solutions that will lead to meaningful and lasting change,” said Phyllis King, executive director of UWM’s Moon Shot for Equity initiative. “These new funds will help transform the university and support the next phase of our work.”

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