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Incomplete Completers: Analysis of a Comprehensive Graduation Rate

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Incomplete Completers: Analysis of a Comprehensive Graduation Rate

November 08, 2012

This new analysis of postsecondary graduation rates by ACE finds that markedly more students have actually completed or are still pursuing their education than is indicated by the current federal method of reporting graduation rates.

Incomplete Completers: Analysis of a Comprehensive Graduation Rate compares traditional federal graduation rates for several higher education sectors taken from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), which are limited to first-time, full-time students who enter in the fall of a given year, to persistence and attainment rates from the National Student Clearinghouse, which include students who transfer and attend college part-time.

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