07/30/20 Wayne State in the News

Wayne State in the News

Charles J. Parrish. President, WSU AAUP-AFT, Local 6075

The report on Channel 2 brings a different perspective on the constant bragging of the Administration about raising the 6-year Black graduation rate from 6% to 21%. See the video at:


The number of actual Black graduates fell over the past eight years, from 527 to 473. The percentage was raised by lowering the number of Black students at WSU.

Every Black Wayne State graduate should be celebrated, but we need to do better in discharging the University's responsibility to the City where we live. President Wilson, on camera, blames the Detroit School System and social factors for the low absolute number of Black graduates, factors beyond the University's control. The question is what can we do to raise the number of Black graduates given these conditions? We cannot do this by continuing to deny more and more Black students the opportunity to enter the University. We now have a lower percentage of Black undergraduates than Eastern Michigan University.


Charles J. ParrishPresident, AAUP-AFT, Local 6075, WSU ChapterVice President-at-Large, AFT MichiganPresident, AAUP Michigan ConferenceMember-at-Large, National Council, AAUP5057 Woodward Avenue, Suite 3301Detroit, MI 48202313.577.1750