Persistence and Completion

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​​​​​​​​The value of a college education has never been higher. Not only is a college certificate or degree the surest way to greater employment outcomes, but college-educated individuals are more likely to live healthier lives, be civically engaged, and have greater overall life satisfaction than non-college-educated individuals. ACE is committed to promoting policies and practices that improve college completion rates. ACE’s research and insights on persistence and completion include a wide range of work identifying barriers to student success and offering informed recommendations on how higher education leaders can eliminate equity gaps and increase the number of students earning high-quality postsecondary credentials.​​

Reports and Publications
A Look at Five Key Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Associate Degree Earners
A Look at Five Key Outcomes in Early Adulthood for Associate Degree Earners
In this brief, the fourth and final in a series, the author explores the impact earning an associate degree has on five key outcomes in early adulthood: employment status, wages, homeownership, voting rates, and volunteerism.
The Impact of Earning an Associate Degree Prior to Transfer on Bachelor's Degree Completion: A Look at Recent High School Graduates
The Impact of Earning an Associate Degree Prior to Transfer on Bachelor's Degree Completion: A Look at Recent High School Graduates
This brief uses national data from the U.S. Department of Education to examine the impact of earning an associate degree prior to transfer on the probability of earning a bachelor’s degree.
Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students
Identifying Predictors of Credential Completion Among Beginning Community College Students
This report, second in a series of four, draws from data from ELS 2002 to explore outcomes for recent high school graduates who began their postsecondary education in a community college.
Improving the Odds: An Empirical Look at the Factors That Influence Upward Transfer
Improving the Odds: An Empirical Look at the Factors That Influence Upward Transfer
In this research brief, the first of four, the authors explore student- and institutional-level factors that influence the likelihood of upward transfer for students who enroll in community college directly after high school.
Pulling Back the Curtain: Enrollment and Outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions
Pulling Back the Curtain: Enrollment and Outcomes at Minority Serving Institutions
The analysis in this report uses NSC data to examine how students who started college at an MSI in 2007 moved through higher education. The authors determined that completion rates for MSIs are higher than the federal graduation rate suggests.
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Cross-Sector Collaboration as a Model for Improving Educational Outcomes
The Texas Education Consortium for Male Students of Color: Cross-Sector Collaboration as a Model for Improving Educational Outcomes
This brief provides a “Blueprint for Action” with key principles for action steps that educators and leaders can take to support Black and Latino boys and young men in secondary and postsecondary institutions.
 
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