Graduation rates

Accelerated associate degree track at CUNY pays off and earns fans

CUNY's accelerated degree program for community college students doubles graduation rates and is cost-effective, a study finds. And the model may be exported to three Ohio colleges.

Questions about whether Washington State's funding formula increases student completion

Study says Washington State's performance funding formula has not improved completion rates at two-year colleges, but officials at the system point to data that say otherwise.

Enrollment numbers grew during recession but graduation rates slipped

More students enrolled in college when the recession began, new data from the National Student Clearinghouse show, but a smaller percentage graduated within six years.

Demand for degrees grows in many fields that haven't required them

Many employers are seeking workers with B.A.s even for jobs that haven't historically required the degree. That may be good news for colleges -- but warning signs are on the horizon.

Bill Haslam's free community college plan and how Tennessee is grabbing the spotlight in higher education policy

Tennessee's Republican governor, Bill Haslam, is big on accountability in higher education -- and he backs it up with state funding. He also staked his legacy to making community college tuition-free.

 

Clearinghouse report identifies 31 million who attended college but didn't complete

New data on the 31 million Americans who attended college but failed to earn a credential, including details about 4 million who are almost there.

A (slightly) more nuanced Bill Gates offers vision of higher education

The Microsoft founder and head of influential foundation tells college business officers that big changes are on the way -- but offers moderated views on role of technology and push for college completion.

Clearinghouse study finds declining student persistence rates

More students are leaving higher education after their first year, according to new national numbers that are bad news for the college completion push.

For-profits lead the way as adaptive learning becomes more popular

Experiments with adaptive learning spread, particularly at large for-profits, as technology takes a wide range of sometimes overlapping forms.

College of Southern Nevada seeks to boost retention by ending late registration

Ending late registration for courses may help more community college students get to graduation, but it also challenges deeply held views about student access, and can hurt enrollment levels.

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