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Bruce Vandal

Finishing the First Lap: The Cost of First-Year Student Attrition in America's Four-Yea... - 0 views

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    Report from American Institutes of Research on the high cost of student attrition in higher education. Estimates that it costs states about $6.2 Billion annually in state appropriations, $1.4 Billion in student grants and another $1.5 Billion in federal grants when first year students don't persist to a second year of education.
Bruce Vandal

Community colleges and the Complete College initiative - The Denver Post - 1 views

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    Commentary in Denver Post from Nancy McCallin, President of the CO Community College System and Bernadette Marquez Chair of the CO CC System.
Bruce Vandal

Shifts in College Enrollement Increase Projected Losses in Bachelor's Degrees - 0 views

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    Report from Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance on the shift in college enrollment away from 4-year colleges to 2-year colleges has cost the nation millions of bachelor's degrees.
Bruce Vandal

Guest Post: Community Colleges Are Not a Silver Bullet for Closing Completion Gap | New... - 0 views

    • Among students who begin in a two-year college, only 12 percent of underrepresented minority students and 16 percent of other students transfer to a four-year institution.
    • Among transfers, only 55 percent of the minorities and 61 percent of other students earn a bachelor’s within six years of transferring.
    • In sum, then, only about seven percent of minority students—and 10 percent of nonminority students—who begin in a two-year college earn a bachelor’s degree from any institution in these large systems within 10 years of starting college. These rates are far lower than for students who begin even in nonselective four-year colleges.
  • We can’t afford to waste this much talent. Indeed, a recent report from the independent, congressionally chartered Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance painted a stark picture of the consequences of current attendance patterns. According to the committee’s calculations, the combination of three forces—the increasing cost of college, insufficient need-based grant aid, and an enrollment shift among college-qualified students toward the two-year sector—resulted in a loss of between 1.7 and 3.2 million bachelor’s degrees over the last decade.
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    Piece from Kati Haycock from Ed Trust on the movement to push more students, particularly low-income students toward two-year institutions and the potential impact on bachelor's degree attainment. This could be useful piece for the push to move remedial education exclusively to community colleges.
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