Graduation rates

Americans see value in higher education, survey finds, but are unhappy with current system

Americans see the work force and societal value of getting a college degree, a survey from New America finds, but community colleges have more support than do other sectors.

College completion rates vary by race and ethnicity, report finds

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On average, white and Asian students earn a college-level credential at a rate about 20 percentage points higher than Hispanic and black students do, a new report shows.

PayScale rankings of ROI have influence (and significant limitations)

The compensation company was early in drawing attention to graduates’ incomes. Others have entered the fray, and all are imperfect.

National completion gap by race one-third larger than average gap at institutions

Black students graduate, on average, at a rate 22 percentage points lower than white students. Closing that gap will require individual institutions to improve completion rates and highly selective colleges to enroll more black students, a new report says.

Experts talk about the college completion push and what comes next

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The college completion agenda reaches an inflection point as the Obama administration ends and the nation increasingly focuses on jobs and college value. Experts assess shifts in the completion push and what comes next.

Study: Higher ed accountability should be based on multiple metrics, not one

Focus on any single labor market metric to judge colleges’ outcomes will create flawed policy, but a mix of such measures can help evaluate institutions’ performance, scholarly study finds.

Students who earn C's in gateway courses are less likely to graduate, new data show

Data show that students who earn C's in foundational courses are much less likely to graduate. As a result, U of Arizona may require some C students to repeat a course.

Papers call for more targeted use of state funding for public colleges

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State dollars for public higher education would go farther, prominent researchers argue, if more of it went to open-access colleges and need-based aid.

Education Department to release data reports on accreditors based on measures of student achievement

The Education Department has created new data reports on the performance of accrediting agencies, using measures such as graduation and loan repayment rates at colleges the agencies oversee.

Data on student engagement with an LMS is a key to predicting retention

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Hard data on which students are failing to use learning management software can help colleges intervene to boost retention rates.

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