Graduation rates

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.

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

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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

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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

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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.

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