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Wednesday, 3rd June 2009

Diplomas and Dropouts Report Exposes Dramatic Variation in Completion Rates at Colleges and Universities across the Country

Diplomas and Dropouts Report Exposes Dramatic Variation in Completion Rates at Colleges and Universities across the Country (PDF; 66 KB)
Source: American Enterprise Institute

In his first speech to Congress, President Obama promised that “by 2020, America will once again have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world.” Diplomas and Dropouts: Which Colleges Actually Graduate Their Students (and Which Don’t), released today by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), exposes the dramatic variation in completion rates across nearly 1,400 colleges and universities.

Less than 55 percent of first-time students at the average four-year college graduate within six years, and at many institutions, students have less than a one in three chance of earning a degree—even as they spend thousands of dollars on tuition and accumulate thousands of dollars of debt. The authors find that completion rates vary dramatically across institutions with similar admissions standards.

“Such differences suggest that while student motivation, finances, and ability matter greatly when it comes to college completion, the practices of higher education institutions matter, too,” Frederick M. Hess, lead author of Diplomas and Dropouts, said.

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