Graduation rates

Teaching Professors to Be More Effective Teachers

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Ball State U. evaluates a faculty initiative aimed at improving teaching strategies in first-year courses and bringing retention up.

Targeting Time Toward Degree

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CUNY aims to get community college students to graduate in three years or less -- well under the national average.

Football Bowl Games: View From the Sidelines

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Who needs point spreads and passing statistics? The key information at this time of year: financial payouts for the teams and the graduation rates of the players.

Employment and the Undergraduate Degree

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Education Department study shows college grads with "career oriented" majors more likely to be settled in the work force than their counterparts are.

Finding the 'Perfect 60' for Transfer

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The “perfect 60” is that elusive combination of community college credits that would, without exception, transfer, counting toward general education and major requirements alike at a California State University campus.

Ph.D. Completion -- and Content

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Graduate school deans and officials from federal funding agencies discuss interventions to improve doctorate completion, while still emphasizing what students learn along the way.

Unintended Consequences of State Merit-Based Aid

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Study finds that Florida’s Bright Futures program impedes enrollments in scientific fields. In another study, Penn State, dissatisfied with 84 percent graduation rate, examines why low-income students finish (or don’t).

Is Retention Improvement Within Colleges' Reach?

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Low graduation rates. High transfer rates. Students who never graduate. Gaps -- sometimes embarrassingly large -- between minority and white students’ retention rates. Are retention problems just too difficult to solve?

Different Measures of Community College Outcomes

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Six states test new set of performance measures in response to the limitations of the federal graduation rate formula.

Trying to Put the 'Dumb Jock Myth' to Rest

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Myles Brand, president of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, wants to cease the propagation of “the so-called 'dumb jock’ myth,” as he puts it.

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