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Technology and the Completion Agenda

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With a chorus of influential voices calling for colleges to enroll and successfully graduate more students, data analytics is center stage.

Setting State Targets

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As the "completion agenda" advances, systems of community colleges are agreeing on ambitious goals for increasing number of graduates. Are the plans realistic?

'Living as They Live'

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To invoke the image of a typical residence hall at a public university is to conjure pictures (or memories, perhaps) of cinder block high-rises packed with students living cheek-by-jowl for maximum cost efficiency. In recent years, however, a small but growing number of public universities -- from the University of California at Berkeley to Appalachian State University -- have installed faculty members in residence halls to live among students.

Complex Measures of Success

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Voluntary accountability system for community colleges releases first draft set of standards for small group of two-year institutions to test.

Dream On

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Critical evaluation of influential community college student completion initiative suggests that understanding barriers to success is not enough to solve them.

Is Completion the Right Goal?

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Policy experts debate the merits of current goal-driven higher education policy; some argue colleges should focus on attainment over completion and numbers instead of rates.

The Power of the Nudge

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Study finds that academic and life coaching has a notable influence on student persistence -- especially for males.

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