Graduation rates

More Degrees for Black Athletes

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Study finds significant improvements in graduation rates -- although gaps remain.

'Commitment' and Community College Completion

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Community college graduation rates are low -- in some cases abysmally so. And as the push grows to hold colleges accountable for their students’ academic success, some leaders of two-year institutions have expressed concern that the low completion rates could make the colleges appear ineffective.

But a study released Wednesday by the Education Department's National Center for Education Statistics offers some evidence to back up the argument of some community college officials that the institutions do pretty well with those who actually want to earn a degree.

Coming Back for More

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More UConn freshmen than ever are sticking around after a year, and it’s no coincidence.

Wrangling Over Unit Records

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A proposed federal database of students' academic records, supported by U.S. commission, isn’t a hit with the public, a survey finds.

Mediocre Grades for Colleges

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"Report card" on higher education finds U.S. trailing other countries -- with cost of attendance growing as problem for families.

Uptick in NCAA Graduation

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Overall success rate for Division I athletes rises 1 percentage point in second year of the association's new formula.

No Free Lunch

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Study says there is a simple way to increase (or decrease) graduation rates: increase (or decrease) state appropriations.

'Out of Step'

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A symposium on student success kicked off Wednesday with a sobering message from the keynote speaker: “It’s clear that students in our universities are making progress, but only modest progress, ” said Derek C. Bok, interim president at Harvard University and the author of six books on higher education.

“Our current practices are out of step with our values as faculty members,” Bok said. “We want to provide the best undergraduate educational experience possible and that is not what is happening.”

Graduation Rate Grumbling

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Unveiling data showing that athletes are getting more degrees, NCAA chief takes college sports' critics to task for ignoring the facts.

The NCAA Responds

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In letter to Congress, association argues that big-time college sports should keep tax-exempt status.

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