Graduation rates

A Bracket You Won't See Elsewhere

It’s tourney time. March Madness. The big dance. Thousands of college students will muster energy never before seen in lecture halls to cheer one of 65 college basketball teams to the national championship.

Television rights to the tournament account for 90 percent of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s annual revenue. 

A national outplacement consulting firm, Challenger, Gray & Christmas, estimates that businesses will lose $237 million a day as people follow the tournament during working hours.

Baby Steps on Speeding Up the Ph.D.

Time it takes to earn a doctorate is shrinking ever so slightly, new study finds.

More Degrees for Black Athletes

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

'Commitment' and Community College Completion

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

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

Wrangling Over Unit Records

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

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

Uptick in NCAA Graduation

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

No Free Lunch

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

'Out of Step'

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.”

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