Reports tagged degree completion


The College Completion Agenda: Practical Approaches for Reaching the Big Goal: New Directions for Community Colleges

This volume provides practical ways colleges can focus on the College Completion Agenda. Originally begun as an economic workforce issue for the Obama administration, the College Completion Agenda has been adopted by myriad educational institutions, public and private funders, and others. More »

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How Students are Making It: Perspectives on Getting Through College from Recent Graduates of the Boston Public Schools

Insight into the low college-completion rates of Boston Public Schools graduates is the focus this report from the Boston Foundation. Based on surveys and interviews with students, the report explores the similarities and differences among students who are struggling academically and those who are succeeding in college. More »


Online Learning: Does It Help Low-Income and Underprepared Students?

Online learning is flexible and convenient, but does it actually improve college access and success rates, especially for low-income and underprepared students? This working paper from the Community College Research Center explores why many students struggle in online coursework and how public policy and institutional practice can be leveraged to better meet students’ needs. More »


The Shapeless River: Does a Lack of Structure Inhibit Students’ Progress at Community Colleges?

Community college students are more likely to persist and succeed in programs that have been tightly and purposefully structured according to The Shapeless River: Does a Lack of Structure Inhibit Students’ Progress at Community Colleges? from the Community College Research Center. More »

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What Works in Student Retention?

Retention rates continue to improve at public two-year colleges, while slipping at four-year private institutions. The gap, however, is narrowing, says What Works in Student Retention?, from ACT. The report credits the improvement to more colleges using learning assistance measures-including remedial courses, study groups, and tutoring-to help students stay in school. More »