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Up Front: Winter 2015



​Triaging the “Murky Middle”

Findings from recent research suggest that colleges and universities may be able to maximize their “return on investment” of finite retention resources by focusing on students who have a GPA between 2.0 and 3.0 upon completion of their freshman year. Ed Venit, the lead researcher on the Education Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative project, said just a little extra institutional effort, such as individual tutoring or time-management counseling, could make the difference between a student dropping out or graduating.

Ratings, But No Options

President Obama’s planned college and university ratings system may negatively affect students in areas where there are limited postsecondary institution choices. “If the sole public college in a community receives a poor rating and becomes ineligible to award federal student aid, residents could be left with no affordable options,” The Chronicle of Higher Education reports.

Growing Away From Stem

Throwing into question assumptions about the need for large numbers of additional science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) employees, a report from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that three-quarters of STEM graduates work in other fields.

More Alma Maters, Fewer Donors

According to information from the Council for Aid to Education, the portion of alumni who donate to colleges and universities has decreased from 13 percent in 2003 to less than 9 percent in 2013. With more students attending more than one institution, some graduates feel diluted loyalties when making alumni donations.

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