Tagged with college completion

Report Calls for Renewed Focus on Raising College-Completion Rates

Improving college-completion rates is “an economic and moral imperative,” a national higher-education commission said on Wednesday in an open letter to college and university leaders. The letter, which takes the form of a report subtitled “College Completion Must Be Our Priority,” summarizes a yearlong effort by the National Commission on Higher Education Attainment to identify … Continue reading

New National Tally of College Completion Tries to Count All Students

For years, higher-education leaders have argued that dismal college-completion rates fail to capture the single mother who could squeeze in only a few classes per semester or the serviceman who started at one college and finished years later at another. On Thursday, the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center released a report that takes account of … Continue reading

Including Nontraditional Pathways Increases Completion Rates

A report by the National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Center highlights the need to change the way completion rates are calculated. By ignoring students’ increasingly diverse paths to graduation, the report, many completion studies “don’t fit reality” and thus significantly underreport completion rates, according to Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates. It adds that taking nontraditional pathways … Continue reading

The Connection Between Quality and Completion

College completion is a complicated puzzle. Many factors—such as the preparedness of students who enroll—may help explain why a particular college has a high or low completion rate. But how much does institutional quality affect student outcomes? A lot, according to a new study by researchers at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Joshua S. Goodman, … Continue reading

Student Focus Groups Reveal Barriers to Community College Succes

Getting through community college is a struggle for millions of students. Balancing work and school is harder than many expected. Many arrive on campus surprised to learn they aren’t academically prepared. And, without a clear goal or needed guidance, more often than not, students don’t make it to the finish line. To get at the heart … Continue reading

Remediation: Higher Ed’s Bridge to Nowhere

Remediation: Higher Ed’s Bridge to Nowhere. The numbers are sobering. Not even 1 in 10 community college students who start in remediation will make it to graduation day in three years. Just over a third of remedial students at 4-year schools will graduate in six years. We can and must do better. See the most comprehensive data ever … Continue reading

Education Department Turns Policy Attention to College Completion

Following a flurry of higher-education policy proposals by President Obama, the U.S. Department of Education on Monday hosted a symposium meant to advance the administration’s goal of increasing the nation’s number of college graduates. The president has said that he wants the United States to have the highest rate of college completion in the world by 2020. So … Continue reading

A Call to Action on College Completion

College access and affordability has been a key area of focus for the Middle Class Task Force over the last two years.  On this blog, we have frequently updated you on our Administration’s commitment to expanding student aid through Pell Grants and the American Opportunity Tax Credit. Providing every American child with the opportunity to … Continue reading