Graduation rates

Academics question system for measuring academic performance, flagging potential problems

Early-alert systems designed to catch struggling students are ubiquitous in higher ed, but not every institution is seeing desired results.

Calif. finalizes performance funding formula for its community colleges

The biggest and perhaps least likely state to try performance funding will tie billions of dollars for community colleges to measures of student success, a plan faculty groups say will punish students and colleges.

Nonprofit colleges signal potential support for more federal data on student outcomes

Lobbying group for independent colleges says it's open to expanding federal data collection on student outcomes but remains opposed to student-level database favored by public colleges and many policy makers.

College graduates whose first job doesn't require bachelor's degree often stay 'underemployed'

New report finds that bachelor's degree recipients whose first job does not require degree are more likely to remain "underemployed" five years later -- and women fare worse than men.

University of Rhode Island improves student retention and overhauls gen ed

The University of Rhode Island managed to boost its student completion rates and change its gen-ed curriculum while recovering from the budget slashing of the recession.

Study questions whether 'high impact' practices yield higher graduation rates

Researchers challenge conventional wisdom and past studies linking widely promoted educational experiences to timely college completion.

Oakton community college builds faculty-student relationships to increase persistence

Illinois community college sees results from encouraging faculty members to meet one-on-one with students to increase persistence, adding extra pressure on instructors to build relationships with their students.

Public universities band together on completion rates and achievement gaps

New project from land-grant university association will bring 100 institutions together to work on improving student completion rates and closing achievement gaps.

Historians urge departments to enthusiastically and substantively prepare grad students for a range of careers

Historians urge departments to give their graduate students the confidence, skills and support to succeed in whatever career paths they choose. That means going out of their way to avoid implying that nonfaculty jobs are somehow “less than.”

City Colleges of Chicago faces scrutiny over completion rate gains

A nonpartisan watchdog group is questioning whether City Colleges of Chicago is misleading the public with proclamations of dramatic graduation rate increases.

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