Institutions, Students and Degree Production: Increases Over the Past Decade

ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy has released an updated version its Basic Facts About U.S. Higher Education Today infographic as part of the Higher Education Spotlight series. This analysis examines the diversity of the higher education landscape, student outcomes, and the widespread payoffs of a college education.

Goodwin College MOVE and WISE Students Find Success, Empowerment

A pair of programs at Goodwin College aim to support the academic and personal success of young men and women from disadvantaged backgrounds. MOVE and WISE are committed to empowering students with a sense of belonging and ownership while encouraging them to engage in enrichment opportunities, develop a sense of shared learning and pursue opportunities for personal growth.

Undergraduate Degree Earners Report, 2015-16

A recent report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center uses student-level data to examine differences between students earning their first postsecondary credential and those who went back to school to earn additional undergraduate credentials.

Racial Gaps Persist in Graduation Rates

The graduation rate for first-time students seeking bachelor’s degrees rose to 60 percent across all four-year institutions in 2014, according to a new report from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This represents a slight increase since 2000, when 57.5 percent of first-time students graduated.

College Graduation Gap Growing Between White and Black Students

A new report by The Education Trust shows that graduation rates for black students have declined slightly — widening the black-white graduation rate gap to 14.5 points — while graduation rates among white students have improved modestly over the past 10 years.

College Completion on the Rise for Low-Income Students

A new Center for American Progress analysis of College Scorecard data shows college completion is on the rise, perhaps most notably for low-income students.

CUNY to Bolster Community College Graduation Rates

The City University of New York has announced a groundbreaking partnership with New York City to significantly increase graduation rates at its community colleges. CUNY will scale-up its already successful Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, with plans to grow the program from 4,000 to 25,000 students over the next three years and raise the graduation rate to 34 percent by 2025.

Sinclair Community College Making Strides Toward Completion

Over the past 15 years, Sinclair Community College has committed to increasing completion rates and improving student success. Through a series of campus-wide initiatives, including making student orientation mandatory, workforce connections, K-12 partnerships, and streamlining student support services, Sinclair has increased its 5-year graduation by 75 percent since 1999.

Low-Income Students Succeed at Small Private Colleges

A new report this week from the Council of Independent Colleges shows that small and mid-size private colleges–often left out of the conversation on higher education access and attainment–enroll a higher proportion of first-generation and low-income students than do public and private research universities.

Educational Attainment Across the Nation

This year’s A Stronger Nation Through Higher Education report from Lumina Foundation focuses on progress to date in increasing attainment and the work that remains to reach Lumina’s Goal 2025 initiative, which seeks to increase adult college attainment to 60 percent by 2025.

Shifts in State-Level Completion Rates for Non-First-Time Students

The latest findings from the nation’s first effort to benchmark the persistence patterns of non-first-time (NFT) college students indicate that NFT students are more likely to complete an associate degree and less likely to drop out if they combine full-time and part-time enrollment.

From Access to Graduation: Supporting Post-9/11 Undergraduate Student Veterans

Given the huge investment in veterans’ postsecondary education represented by the Post-9/11 GI Bill, one could argue that veterans who use this generous benefit are in a good position to enroll in college and ultimately earn a postsecondary certificate or degree. And some do. But for veterans who didn’t finish college, what were the barriers to their success?