Graduation rates

Taking stock of the completion agenda's benefits, and limits

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Community college leaders say "completion agenda" has been good for the sector, even when painful, but they worry that the focus could have unintended consequences if it becomes a fixation.

 

Statewide reverse transfer catches on, could boost graduation rates

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Statewide reverse transfer agreements, in which four-year colleges grant associate degrees to students who transfer from community colleges, are spreading. The process isn't easy, but could help students and graduation rates.

Community college association calls for change from within

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Major report from community college association sets broad goals for the sector, but is couched in familiar terms.

Education Department changing graduation rate measurements

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The Education Department plans to change widely disparaged federal definition of completion rate to include transfers and nontraditional students.

Researcher creates new tool for timely data on attainment

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Researcher's new tool for producing timelier data on college degree completion shows 6.5 percent increase in number of credentials awarded in U.S. in 2011.

Campaign links pregnancy planning with graduation rates at community colleges

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Project links pregnancy planning with finishing degrees, and brings edgy course content to two-year college curriculums.

Too many community college students are placing into remedial classes, studies find

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Standardized tests are placing community college students who are ready for college into remedial classes, two studies find, making them less likely to earn degrees.

For-profits should get ahead of accountability push, experts say

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Panelists at for-profit association meeting say industry should get ahead of accountability push by measuring student outcomes and making them public.

Valencia College wins first Aspen Prize

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Valencia College wins inaugural Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, another sign that foundations and lawmakers are emphasizing completion rates for community colleges.

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