Retention Ups and Downs

January 21, 2011

First- to second-year retention rates are edging up at community colleges, and down at four-year colleges, according to an analysis released Thursday by ACT. The rate at community colleges is now 56 percent, a record high for the sector, up from 53 percent in 2005. At four-year institutions, the rate is now 72 percent, down from 75 percent in 2005.

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