A state-by-state analysis from Complete College America (CCA) shows that while on-time graduation rates at two- and four-year higher education institutions improved significantly between 2015 and 2021, graduation rates for students of color and those over the age of 25 are lagging. The study concludes with several recommendations geared specifically for policymakers and colleges to improve college completion rates.

Using data from CCA Alliance members, the report offers insight to better understand today’s learners, including:

  • The current status of college in America.
  • How graduation rates are improving, but gains are not inclusive.
  • Who attends college today.
  • New data focused on part-time students, BILPOC (Black, Indigenous, Latinx and/or any People of Color) students, and students ages 25 and older.
  • How CCA pillars and strategies provide a road map for closing gaps.