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Graduation Rates

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Graduation Rates

  • Graduation rates have increasingly become a favorite outcome measure for the quality of colleges and universities. However much debate exists as to whether current efforts of tracking graduation rates provide an accurate picture of college completion. ACE is engaged in a number of activities to help develop a more comprehensive measure of student success in persisting and completing their college education.

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  • Document

    July 30, 2012

    Educational Attainment of Population Ages 25-34 in OECD Countries in 2009 (Percent of Population)

    Analysis compiled from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development's Education at a Glance 2011, and prepared by the ACE Center for Policy Research and Strategy.

  • Document

    An Open Letter to College and University Leaders: College Completion Must Be Our Priority

    The National Commission on Higher Education Attainment calls upon their colleagues to make retention and completion a critical campus priority to stem the unacceptable loss of human potential represented by the number of students who never make it to graduation. An Open Letter to College and University Leaders provides a blueprint for a campus-level college completion campaign designed to prevent students from falling by the wayside as they pursue a college degree. Campus leaders are urged to consider three main areas for reform: changing the campus culture, improving cost-effectiveness and quality, and making better use of data. The letter includes possible strategies to advance the goal of increased attainment.