Graduation rates

Rhode Island College aims to improve retention with 'meta majors'

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Rhode Island College looks to "meta majors" to improve retention rates and push students to make up their minds about a course of study.

Texas wants 60 percent of young adults to hold college degrees by 2030

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Texas joins the college completion agenda with new goal for 60 percent of its young adults to have college degrees or certificates by 2030.

Student droput rates soar as Australian universities open admissions access

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Since Australian universities won the right to enroll any students they deemed qualified, the proportion of students failing out has spiked, especially from online programs.

Report marks growing educational disadvantage for children of single-parent families

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Students who grow up in single-parent homes complete fewer years of education and are less likely to earn a college degree, a new report finds.

Paper explores earnings of students who fail to complete community college

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A new paper measuring the economic outcomes for students who drop out of community college programs finds that earnings vary based on the number of credits earned and courses taken. 

Report seeks to add specificity to debate over states' performance-based funding models

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Gates-funded report seeks to define and classify types of performance-based funding in 35 states, drawing tentative praise from researchers who have criticized the policies.

Performance-based funding provokes concern among college administrators

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Public colleges may be using grade inflation or tightening admissions standards to comply with performance-based funding, survey finds.

University Innovation Alliance kicks off with big completion goals

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A new group of 11 public research universities says it can set aside competition and prestige-chasing to work together to graduate more low-income students.

College-level statistics trumps remedial algebra in CUNY study

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Students fare better by skipping remediation and instead taking statistics with an additional workshop, new CUNY study finds, fueling state remedial reforms.

Colleges struggle to engage parents of first-generation college students

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Professors complain about hovering moms and dads, but many educators find that this isn't an issue for first-generation students, who need more parental involvement.

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