News: Education Dept will count part-time and transfer students in college completion rates

Overhauling the Graduation-Rate Calculus: Now the Hard Part Begins

This week’s news was especially welcome  among community colleges, which have long wanted transfer students to be included in national college-completion figures. Under the current system—in which only full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students are counted if they complete their programs—community colleges often appear to be laggards in graduating their students. That’s in part because a large proportion of those students attend part time and in part because hundreds of thousands of students every year transfer from a community college to a four-year institution. In so doing, the colleges are fulfilling one of their missions. But they don’t get credit for it.

A much welcome change! The Texas Business Association (and legislators!) need to see all the facts before continuing their push to tie funding to graduation rates:

 

Inside Higher Ed also has an article on these billboards:

 

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