Graduation rates

Are college graduates underemployed (and if so, why)?

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Study argues that too many bachelor's degree-holders are in jobs that don't require them, raising questions about the campaign to send even more Americans to college.

National Commission on Higher Education Attainment releases final report

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The National Commission on Higher Education Attainment lists steps institutions can take to help more students finish college.

ACE commissioned report on disruption and adult students

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College leaders need to get involved in the disruption debate and do more to help adult students, finds a "mainfesto" issued on the American Council on Education's letterhead.

Dartmouth to end use of Advanced Placement scores for credit

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Concerned that no high school course can truly replicate the college experience, Dartmouth will no longer grant credit toward graduation based on students' scores on AP exams. 

Union College offers a free last semester to increase retention rate

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Union College in Kentucky typically loses half its freshman class before the second year begins, so its new president has made students a promise: If they stay, work hard, and get involved, they won't see a bill for their last semester before graduation.

Lumina's new strategies for big completion goal

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Foundation picks new strategies for its college attainment push and grant-making, with a focus on metro areas, innovations and results.

National Student Clearinghouse releases broad, deep data on college completion

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Major data release from the National Student Clearinghouse gives the fullest, most reliable view of college graduation rates so far, and the numbers aren't so terrible.

High graduation rates for community college transfers

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Most community college students who transfer to a four-year institution make it to graduation, new research finds, particularly if they get an associate degree before transferring.

Better measures of college performance

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As policymakers clamor to hold colleges accountable, new Gates-sponsored research tries to establish fair rules for measuring institutional performance.

Report finds football players graduate at rates lower than full-time student peers

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An alternative method of measuring athletes' graduation rates shows football players lag behind their full-time, non-athlete peers in most conferences, with black athletes in many cases faring especially poorly.

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