How to Boost Completion Rates
Shalina Chatlani, Education Dive
With the nation's average six-year college completion rate for first-time, full-time students hovering around 59 percent, institutions are constantly searching for best practices and strategies to enhance graduation outcomes. That's especially true when it comes to the growing enrollment of adult nontraditional learners and students from low-income and underserved backgrounds.
Academic interventions and lower tuition are only part of the equation. Experts at the recent 2018 New York Times Higher Ed Leaders Forum say institutions need to think outside the box to provide today's students with the support they need to thrive in college and make it to the finish line. That includes creating greater access to basic goods and services such as food, shelter, and transportation.