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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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Demography is not Destiny

The purpose of this study was to determine whether the conditions for improving graduation rates that were observed at the smaller institutions are present or even possible to create at larger public institutions, where most low-income students in this sector More »

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Bridging the Gaps to Success: Promising Practices for Promoting Transfer among Low-Income and First-Generation Students

Financial, social, academic and institutional factors often prevent community college students from transferring to four-year institutions. This publication shows how six Texas community colleges are reversing this trend.

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Raising the Graduation Rates of Low-Income College Students

This report presents the findings of a study designed by the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education to identify the institutional characteristics, practices, and policies that might account for differences in retention and graduation rates among More »

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Indicators of Opportunity in Higher Education

This report tracks the status of opportunity for higher education in the United States, with an additional indicator that addresses a family’s ability to pay for college. The report also features a closer look at the diverse group of students More »