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The Dreaded P Word: An Examination of Productivity in Public Postsecondary Education

What students know when they graduate from college and the value that knowledge offers to a state is of increasing interest to policymakers. This study from the Delta Cost Project shows how public colleges use available resources to produce graduates More »

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On Track to Complete?: A Taxonomy of Beginning Community College Students and Their Outcomes 3 Years After Enrolling: 2003-04 Through 2006

Not all students who enter community college set out to complete a formal program of study. This NCES study analyzes outcomes for beginning community college students according to how “directed” they are toward completing a program of study. The study More »

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Institutional Transfer and the Management of Risk in Higher Education

Many first-generation students who begin their postsecondary education at a four-year institution are at risk of leaving without a degree or “reverse transferring” to a two-year college. This working paper suggests that the strongest indicator of transfer status is a More »

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Raising Rigor, Getting Results: Lessons Learned from AP Expansion

Research indicates that students who score well on Advancement Placement exams may be more likely to persist and earn a degree in college. This publication examines a pilot effort to expand AP programs, which resulted in a 65-percent increase in More »

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A Profile of Successful Pell Grant Recipients

For many students, the Pell Grants program serves as an economic lifeline to higher education opportunities. Nearly 40 percent of students who completed a bachelor’s degree in 2000 received some financial assistance through Pell Grants, according to this NCES study. More »

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College Readiness Benchmarks 2009

The percentage of U.S. high school graduates meeting all four of ACT’s College Readiness Benchmarks increased slightly in 2009. At the same time, the pool of students taking the ACT continued to expand. The signs are encouraging, but the data More »

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2008 GED Testing Program Statistical Report

Higher skilled, higher demand jobs have prompted more adults to take the GED test, according to this report from the American Council on Education. Nationwide, 777,000 adults took the GED in 2008, a 7-percent increase over the previous year. In More »

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