Graduation rates

Study shows rise in graduation rates doesn't always benefit minorities

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Education Trust study finds as institutions' completion rates rise generally, minority students sometimes fall farther behind.

Outsourced employee-style counseling can work for first-generation college students

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Outsourced counseling designed as an employee benefit helps low-income students succeed in college, the Dell Scholars Program finds, and colleges may be following suit.

Sinclair Community College's 15 years of completion projects pay off

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Sinclair Community College boosted student completion rates by 75 percent, but to sharpen its focus, the college began cutting some of its more than 100 completion-related projects.

Nearly half of four-year college graduates attended two-year college

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Study reveals nearly half of 4-year college graduates have attended a 2-year institution within 10 years of their college career.

Gates Foundation announces four priority policy areas on college completion, with data system to come

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After seven years and half a billion dollars, the Gates Foundation announces its four priority areas for college completion policies and plans to release a data framework for measuring performance in higher education.

Tulsa Community College's free-tuition program has paid off while inspiring others

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Tulsa Community College started offering free tuition eight years ago, helping to inspire Tennessee's program and, by extension, President Obama, while also boosting its degree production rates. 

Accelerated associate degree track at CUNY pays off and earns fans

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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