Way to boost college graduation rates

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Selling the American dream of being a college-worthy graduate best begins by whetting students’ appetite for post-secondary course work sooner than later in high school.

This becomes a reasonable assumption considering an extensive study from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which examined students’ performance in “competitive-enrollment” early-college programs. Those who pursue dual curriculums – both high school and college-level courses – have higher and firmer college graduation rates.

This “good information about what happens to our children when they go to college,” Department of Education Secretary Mark Murphy said, has caused DOE to ramp up partnership efforts. It is providing real-time information to institutions of higher learning about the effectiveness and scheduling of remedial programs for struggling new students.

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