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Student Retention and Graduation: Facing the truth, living with the consequences

This paper provides a broad survey of what is known about why students leave college before completing their program of study. It also presents successful strategies for promoting retention and graduation and offers suggestions for federal policy directions to improve More »

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CollegeCosts Collision Course

One of the most critical issues affecting higher education access today is the rising cost of college. Symptoms of the trend include dramatic increases in tuition and fees, reduced state higher education budgets, declines in the purchasing power of student More »

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Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1976 to 2001

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, 1976 to 2001 is a tabular report that presents a quarter-century of trend information on HBCUs. The report contains summary information for HBCUs on enrollment, degrees, staff, salaries, and finances, with comparisons to other colleges More »

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New Agenda Series: Powerful Partnerships

The purpose of this volume of essays is to identify and learn from institutions successful in educating low-income students. Presidents of 15 independent colleges and universities that have had genuine success admitting, sustaining and graduating low-income students reflect on those More »

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Dropout Rates in the United States: 2001

This report examines high school dropout and completion rates. It presents estimates of rates in 2001 and includes time series data on high school dropout and completion rates for the period 1972 through 2001. In addition to extending time series More »

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The Expectations Gap: A 50-State Review of High School Graduation Requirements

Recent studies have revealed that few of the nation’s high school students are gaining the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in college and work. This report finds an important explanation for this phenomenon: states do not expect their More »

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New Agenda Series: Paths to Persistence

This report presents a critical analysis of the state of the research on the effectiveness of four types of practices in increasing persistence and completion at community colleges: 1) advising, counseling, mentoring and orientation programs; 2) learning communities; 3) developmental More »

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