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Graduation Rates

Teaching, Learning and the College Ratings Framework

Patricia McGuire | Posted 12.21.2014 | College
Patricia McGuire

By dismissing the primary work of colleges and universities --- teaching and learning --- as impossible to measure across institutions, the proposed framework exposes the utter folly of the Administration's plan to impose some kind of generic rating system on the thousands of disparate institutions of higher education in this nation.

The College Completion Imperative: Public Higher Ed Steps Up

Muriel Howard | Posted 12.11.2014 | Education
Muriel Howard

Accountability is a hallmark of public higher education. In our commitment to student success, we will need more accurate and comprehensive measures of student progress--both as a yardstick for institutional improvement and to assure external accountability.

Grade Inflation, Academic Rigor, and College Graduation Rates

Bill Destler | Posted 12.09.2014 | Education
Bill Destler

I am deeply troubled by this misuse of graduation rates as an indicator of academic quality when in fact they could indicate, in some cases, exactly the opposite. The notion that a graduation rate near 100 percent is a sign of academic quality is simply nonsense.

Big School, Small School

Karin Chenoweth | Posted 11.02.2014 | Education
Karin Chenoweth

A new study of the small high schools that New York City opened in the last decade seems to have re-ignited a debate about whether small high schools are better for kids than large schools and whether it's possible to really measure which is better.

In Defense of the College Graduation Rate

Robert Shireman | Posted 12.24.2014 | College
Robert Shireman

Already there are a lot of questions about the skills of college graduates. We would be well-advised not to make it even harder to trust that colleges are maintaining the integrity of the degree.

Higher Education and the Public Good

Muriel Howard | Posted 12.20.2014 | College
Muriel Howard

In short, the societal benefits of higher education far outweigh the benefit to any individual, and investment in higher education is easily repaid to the nation many times over.

From the Classroom to Kabul: Why Education Matters

Wes Moore | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Wes Moore

We can put our students on the trajectory to do great things. Become a mentor. Reach out to one of our American Graduate Day partners. Invest in our country's future by helping these kids.

The Biggest Misconception About Community College

Isa Adney | Posted 11.15.2014 | College
Isa Adney

Community colleges don't accept just "anyone." They accept everyone. And like any form of public education, that's what makes it so complicated and so important.

America: Dumb and Dumber

William E. White | Posted 10.12.2014 | Education
William E. White

We blame teachers and schools, but in truth, the cause of American ignorance and stupidity is more fundamental than our school institutions. Parents, community leaders, public figures, popular culture icons, and peers tell our children--in words, deeds, and attitudes--that education is worthless.

Nobody Is Graduating In 4 Years

The Huffington Post | Tyler Kingkade | Posted 07.10.2014 | College

Only spending four years in college is pretty rare these days. An analysis by the data site FindTheBest of federal statistics housed in the Integr...

High School Dropout Rate: Causes and Costs

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 08.02.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Today I want to look at the underlying causes of the dropout mentality and how every student who does not earn a high school diploma hurts society as a whole. My hope is that in discovering shared traits among dropouts, we can achieve higher high school graduation rates as a nation.

Changing the Odds

Scott Morgan | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Scott Morgan

According to the Pell Institute, first-generation college students from low-income families are nearly four times more likely than other students to leave college after the first year. Just 11 percent of low-income, first-generation college students will receive a bachelor's degree six years after starting.

College and Beyond: The Best Proof Point for Future Success

Eli Broad | Posted 07.29.2014 | Los Angeles
Eli Broad

Students don't need to hear statistics. They need to hear about the successes. They need #ProofPointDay.

Do You Want the Good News Or...

Patrick Corvington | Posted 07.16.2014 | Education
Patrick Corvington

Pushing towards graduation is a worthy pursuit -- an important and achievable goal. And graduating 80 percent of kids on time -- phenomenal. But with these 12th grade math and reading scores, it does raise the question: What is the quality of these graduates?

Conservatives Don't Really Care About Improving Education

Dale Hansen | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Dale Hansen

No one is suggesting that we can't improve educational outcomes but pretending that a severely biased reading of an immaterial report somehow confirms the need for highly suspect partisan solutions could be the best example of where our school systems really do need to improve.

U.S. Public High Schools Reach A Major Milestone

AP | KIMBERLY HEFLING | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. public high schools have reached a milestone, an 80 percent graduation rate. Yet that still means 1 of every 5 students walks...

The Seed Experiment

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

The case for providing the basics for all children in America is hard to refute. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 2.2 million children were lifted out of poverty by SNAP, formerly known as food stamps, in 2012. Yet right now we are fast approaching a critical time for hungry children: summer vacation.

Why I Wear 80

Sec. Arne Duncan | Posted 04.16.2014 | Education
Sec. Arne Duncan

When I take the court tonight for the NBA Celebrity All-Star Game, the number I'll wear -- 80 -- is rarely seen on a basketball jersey, but represents a record in education. That number -- 80 percent -- is the newly announced high school graduation rate, the highest in American history.

Athletics vs. Academics

Clark Power | Posted 03.16.2014 | Sports
Clark Power

We are not doing student athletes a favor by admitting them into academic programs that they are not qualified for.

Silly Season at the US Department of Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Can anybody have a serious difference of opinion with the Secretary Arne Duncan without being dismissed as silly?

Let's Be Honest About Graduation Rates

Gary A. Olson | Posted 11.30.2013 | College
Gary A. Olson

I am sensing a disturbing trend emerging from recent discussions: a movement to measure an institution's success and relative affordability by its four-year rather than the traditional six-year graduation rate.

Non-Athletes Do Better Than Football Players At Graduating, Report Finds

Inside Higher Ed | Posted 09.27.2013 | College

An alternative, annual study of athletes’ graduation rates has again found that football players, especially those who are black, completed college ...

'A Brilliantly Devised, Evil System'

Jonathan Weiler | Posted 11.22.2013 | Sports
Jonathan Weiler

The quote is from Arian Foster, the Houston Texans' star running back. He is referring to big-time college athletics and says it in the forthcoming documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports.

Will New Federal Ratings of Colleges and Universities Help or Hurt?

Dr. Philip L. Yeagle | Posted 11.20.2013 | College
Dr. Philip L. Yeagle

The graduation rate calculation needs to account for students who eventually are able to complete their degrees, against steep odds, while preserving the incentive for full time students to complete their work in a timely fashion.

The Half-Forgotten Student Debt Crisis

David Coates | Posted 11.17.2013 | Politics
David Coates

Higher education costs are not soaring out of control. What is changing is the politically-charged matter of who should bear the cost -- the general taxpayer or the individual student. There is a policy choice tucked away here behind the overall numbers, and a rather ugly one at that.