Study Finds Increase in College Completion in 15 States

February 24, 2016

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center found that 15 states have improved college completion rates for students in four-year public institutions, despite overall national declines.

Nationally the completion rate dropped from 62.9 percent to 61.2 percent from 2008 to 2009, but states like California, Connecticut, Iowa and South Carolina saw increases of 1-2 percent.

The report also found that 32 percent of students who started at a two-year institution completed at a different institution. This was particularly true in California and Texas, the report found, where more than 40 percent of all completions occurred at a different institution than the one where students first enrolled.

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