Reports tagged persistence


College Persistence & First-Time Students

The percentage of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points between 2009 and 2012 from 69.9 to 68.7 percent, according to a report from the National Student Clearinghouse. More »


Student Voices on the Higher Education Pathway

This report, from Public Agenda, captures the perspectives of current and former community college students on what they believe can improve their chances of persisting, completing or transferring. More »

A Profile in Non-Completers in Tennessee Higher Education

A Profile of Non-completers in Tennessee Higher Education

Earning a bachelor’s degree in four years pays off in dollars and cents for Tennessee graduates. This report by the Center for Business & Economic Research shows students who completed their bachelor’s degrees in four years earn $11,500 to $13,000 more than those who attend college but fall short of getting a degree. The report profiles college completers and non-completers throughout Tennessee and examines the economic gains from college persistence and completion. More »


Transfer and Mobility

New research says more students follow complex pathways throughout their college careers, attending multiple institutions and transferring once, twice, and even three times. This publication, from the National Student Clearinghouse, calls for better methods of measuring and reporting institutional effectiveness so that policymakers and postsecondary schools can develop strategies that more accurately reflect how students attain their degrees. More »


From GED to College Degree: Creating Pathways to Postsecondary Success for High School Dropouts

Less than 5 percent of GED holders actually earn a postsecondary degree. In response, several innovative GED programs have developed clear, effective pathways to better prepare youth for college and help them persist once there. This white paper from Jobs for the Future shares lessons learned from best-in-class GED-to-college programs. More »


Reality Check: Hispanic-Serving Institutions on the Texas Border Strategizing Financial Aid

Some institutions are making significant headway to improve persistence and degree completion for Latino students–and certain financial aid strategies play a major role in their success. This report, from Excelencia in Education, examines practices and programs at eight Texas Hispanic-Serving 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 »