Graduation 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.

Clearinghouse study finds declining student persistence rates

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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

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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

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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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