The Overlooked Challenge of Second- to Third-Year Retention

Using data from the Postsecondary Data Partnership, which includes 17 diverse four-year institutions across the United States, the American Institutes for Research has published a new brief advocating for greater emphasis on second- to third-year retention metrics.

Recent Data Show Increase in College Completion Rates

The 10th report in the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center Completing College series offers insights about college completion rates for students who graduated high school and started college in 2015.

Graduate Enrollment and Completion Trends Over the Past Year and Decade

A recently released report from the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) examines enrollment and completion trends between Fall 2019 and 2020, as well as over the past decade.

Understanding Why Students Leave College

A recent report by Strada Education Network examines why people leave college and how to encourage these former students to re-enroll.

New Report: Six in Ten Students Complete College Within Six Years of Enrolling

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center recently released its annual report on college completion, which documents undergraduate students’ diverse postsecondary pathways and examines disparities in completion outcomes.

Making Informed Decisions in College

A report published by Complete College America documents the scope and implementation of the Purpose First strategy—an initiative aimed to help students identify a clear academic path, build early momentum, and make informed decisions about courses and careers throughout the their college journey.

National Student Clearinghouse Releases Eight-Year College Completion Data

New data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center reveal that 60.4 percent of students who first enrolled in two- and four-year colleges in fall 2010 graduated within eight years. That graduation rate is higher than the cohort’s six-year graduation rate.

From Third Way: The Cost of the College Dropout Rate

A recent article by Third Way discusses the potential economic and personal impact if the rate of postsecondary completion mirrored that of high school completion.

From PostEverything: Free Tuition? Programs Should Focus on Students Who Started and Had To Stop.

A recent blog post by Sanford J. Ungar in The Washington Post discusses the need to focus policy conversations around increasing college enrollment to those who have some college education, but no degree.

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.

Temple University-APLU Completion Grants Will Help Low-Income Students Graduate

A nearly $4 million Department of Education grant will enable Temple University, in collaboration with the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, to undertake an initiative focused on small-dollar grants to help cash-strapped, low-income students complete their degrees.