Graduation rates

Colleges as 'Failure Factories'

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The reality that only about 7 in 10 students earn degrees after four years in high school has been widely deplored, and it helped drive the Bush administration and Congress to embrace the No Child Left Behind law earlier this decade. But if that situation is seen as such a crisis, why aren't more people upset about the fact that graduation rates in higher education are quite a bit worse?

Gates Foundation to Spend Big on Community Colleges

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A new plan -- involving hundreds of millions of dollars -- will focus on completion rates and performance-based incentives.

Grants from Gates, on College Completion

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Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation announces first awards of new initiative emphasizing access and outcomes for low-income students, focusing on increasing scale of proven practices.

A Dent in the Data

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Errors in international statistics used to show decline in U.S. higher education raise questions about overdependence on them.

As Talk About Retention Rises, Rates Drop

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ACT data show decline in proportion of freshman students who return to their institutions as sophomores. Are they leaving college, or just changing colleges?

Building Capacity, Slowly

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New federal data show small increase in number of Americans enrolled in college in 2007 -- with fastest growth in for-profit sector.

Accelerating the Associate Degree

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Selective community college program in New York City aims to graduate students as soon as possible, and is showing signs of success.

Alternative Measure of Success

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Many say U.S. graduation rate formula is hopelessly flawed. U. of Alaska at Anchorage creates its own method -- and invites others to follow.

Similar Selectivity, Dissimilar Graduates

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Institutions that admit students of similar caliber do not graduate them in comparable numbers, new report finds.

Getting to the Finish Line

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Gates Foundation's new round of grants ($6.4 million) aims to escalate attention paid to colleges' success in ensuring students' success.

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