College, Inc.: Attainment


Posted at 10:50 AM ET, 06/06/2012

Are certificates the future of higher education?

Post-secondary credentials in specific fields are the fastest-growing segment of higher education, a new report says.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:50 AM ET, 06/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment | Tags:  college attainment, higher education, postsecondary certificates

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 05/30/2012

New momentum for the three-year degree?

A prestigious college embarks on a three-year degree as another program yields its first graduates.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:02 PM ET, 05/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Finance | Tags:  three-year degree, higher education, college completion

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 05/18/2012

Graduation “gap” widens in Maryland

A frustrating finding, five years after the state’s university system pledged to cut the gap in half.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:37 AM ET, 05/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  college graduation, minority completion, college success

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 04/19/2012

A better gauge of community college success

The federal proposal for a more accurate count of college graduates benefits the nation’s two-year colleges, our guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:00 PM ET, 04/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges | Tags:  community colleges, graduation rates

Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012

Hispanics are crucial to college completion goals

Hispanics have made huge gains in college attainment, but there’s still a wide gap between completion rates for Hispanics and whites.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:43 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy, Research | Tags:  Hispanics, college attainment

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012

New graduation math = success for community colleges

Counting transfer students as “completers” will raise community college completion rates to 40 percent from - - well, from an unspeakably low number.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy | Tags:  community colleges, completion rates, higher education

Posted at 12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Grad-rate ranking reveals elite list of small, wealthy schools

The colleges with the highest four-year graduation rates tend to enroll around 3,000 students and to spend about $200,000 educating each one.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:03 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Rankings | Tags:  college completion, graduation rates, Chronicle of Higher Education

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012

Washington still the nation’s best-educated city

Census Bureau data for 2010 say 47 percent of Washingtonians hold bachelor’s degrees, ahead of Boston and other academic also-rans.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment | Tags:  Census, college attainment

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012

Liberal learning: Only for the elite?

Guest writer says that all college students, not just the privileged, should learn critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:41 AM ET, 02/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Liberal Arts | Tags:  college access, liberal learning, college attainment

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 02/16/2012

University of Texas moves to enforce ‘slacker’ rule

The Texas flagship looks for ways to boost its four-year graduation rate — even if that means making fifth-year students feel a bit less welcome.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:12 AM ET, 02/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Public policy, Publics

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012

Guest post: Higher education’s $64,000 question

The academic community should spend more time mulling whether students are learning, the guest writer opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:48 PM ET, 02/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Pedagogy, Research

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012

Report faults Va. colleges for spiraling tuition

Tuition and fees at 17 private institutions now exceed two-fifths of median household income in the commonwealth.

By Daniel de Vise  |  10:46 AM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Aid, Attainment, Finance, Public policy, Research | Tags:  College of William and Mary, University of Virginia, University of Richmond, Washington and Lee University, George Mason University

Posted at 01:45 PM ET, 01/26/2012

College grad rates are ‘bad data’

Critics solemnly invoke federal graduation rates as evidence of academic quality and public accountability. The grad rate doesn’t measure either, one college president says. 

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:45 PM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  Trinity Washington University

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012

DCTAG official: Choose your college with care

Some colleges do better than others as stewards of D.C. Tuition Assistance Grants. Two-fifths of grantees graduate overall.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:00 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Public policy

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 12/13/2011

The 10 lowest college graduation rates in D.C., Md. and Va.

The “bottom 10” include a handful of for-profit colleges, high-poverty HBCUs, a night school and a Christian campus in central Virginia.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:40 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, For-profit colleges | Tags:  University of the District of Columbia, University of Maryland, University College

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Study: Two-fifths of high school graduates are unprepared for college or the workforce

Fully 40 percent of graduates are ready for neither college nor the workforce, according to the authors of a new study.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:31 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, For-profit colleges, Pedagogy, Research | Tags:  Johns Hopkins University

Posted at 03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Obama meets with star presidents to talk reform

Attendees include University System of Maryland Chancellor Brit Kirwan, UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski and the New York state university chancellor.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:06 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Finance, Public policy | Tags:  University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Posted at 03:59 PM ET, 11/04/2011

Guest post: Billionaire dropouts are not the rule

OK, Bill Gates and Steve Jobs dropped out of college. But that doesn’t mean everyone else should, too, our guest blogger opines.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:59 PM ET, 11/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Public policy, Students

Posted at 11:48 AM ET, 11/02/2011

Guest post: Four ways to teach students to write

Colleges too often blame the K-12 system, when they should be working on improving their own remedial education effort, today’s guest bloggers say.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:48 AM ET, 11/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy, Research

Posted at 01:06 PM ET, 10/28/2011

Want to earn more money? Study STEM.

A Georgetown economist offers further evidence that science and tech graduates earn more than everybody else, even with a “lesser” degree.

By Daniel de Vise  |  01:06 PM ET, 10/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Research | Tags:  Georgetown University

Posted at 09:44 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Report exposes hidden failure of part-time students

They make up two-fifths of the college population, aren’t counted by the government and take much longer to finish college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:44 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Public policy, Research

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 08/25/2011

Study: Hispanics now outnumber blacks in college

Hispanic enrollment surged 24 percent in a single year, Pew study finds.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:45 PM ET, 08/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Community Colleges, Research

Posted at 09:22 AM ET, 08/18/2011

Women enjoy college more than men, survey says

They already outnumber men in college attendance, attainment.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:22 AM ET, 08/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Attainment, Research

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 06/29/2011

Will a college savings account inspire college attendance?

Pilot program gives KIPP students savings accounts; research suggests a kid with college savings is more likely to attend college.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:01 AM ET, 06/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Research

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 06/20/2011

Maryland university goes test-optional on admissions for good

A Salisbury University experiment found that students who weren’t required to submit SAT scores graduated at a higher rate than those who were.

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:51 PM ET, 06/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Admissions, Attainment, Research

Posted at 09:05 PM ET, 06/16/2011

Three-year degrees: A closer look

Here are some details on how three-year programs actually work -- entry standards, participation numbers and pedagogical fine print.

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:05 PM ET, 06/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Finance | Tags:  three-year degree, American University

Posted at 05:57 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Former Towson (and current U-Mass) President Caret on grad rates

“We all know, from years of experience, which students can graduate from our campuses. Focus on them.”

By Daniel de Vise  |  05:57 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Attainment, Publics | Tags:  Towson University

Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 05/09/2011

D.C. program helped put DCPS on the college map

DC-CAP has brought the city’s public school system close to the national average in college attendance.

By Daniel de Vise  |  11:19 AM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Aid, Attainment, Public policy | Tags:  DC-CAP, D.C. public schools

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011

Guest post: Non-traditional students key to college completion goal

In a guest post, InsideTrack CEO Alan Tripp contends nontraditional students are essential to America’s quest to regain the world lead in college completion.

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:36 PM ET, 03/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  College Inc., Attainment | Tags:  college completion, fixing higher education

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011

Cal State's Reed: Don't cut Pell grant program

California State University broke with years of tradition in the 2008 downturn by adopting competitive admissions. For the first time in a long time, California students in the top third of their classes with B averages weren't guaranteed admission. Since...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:22 PM ET, 03/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Access, Administration, Admissions, Aid, Attainment, Community Colleges, Finance, For-profit colleges, Public policy, Publics | Tags:  Cal State University, California higher education, Charles Reed CSU, Pell grants, higher education cuts

Posted at 02:46 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Fixing higher ed: U-Va. and U-Md. weigh in

In an article published last week in The Washington Post Magazine, I offered eight suggestions to "fix" higher education. After reading the article, you can rank the ideas in a poll, which you will find farther down on this blog....

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:46 PM ET, 02/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Administration, Aid, Athletics, Attainment, Development, Finance, Labor, Research, Technology | Tags:  UMD fixing higher ed, UVA fixing higher ed, fixing higher education, higher education reform, washington post fixing higher education

Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 02/02/2011

Eight of top 25 public college grad rates are in Md., Va.

I have posted before on the strikingly high graduation rates at top public universities in Virginia and Maryland. One could make a case, for example, that the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary are the two...

By Daniel de Vise  |  03:23 PM ET, 02/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  college completion, completion rates, graduation rates, public university completion rates, top colleges

Posted at 09:15 AM ET, 01/25/2011

Lumina sets standards for college degrees

The Lumina Foundation issued a report Tuesday that attempts to define what everyone with a college degree should know and be able to do, addressing a basic question in higher education that has proven surprisingly difficult to answer. "There's no...

By Daniel de Vise  |  09:15 AM ET, 01/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  Lumina degree profile, Lumina report, college degree profiles

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 12/21/2010

UDC to offer two-year BA in DCPS pilot

The University of the District of Columbia is preparing a pilot program that would offer students at two DCPS high schools a bachelor's degree two years after the completion of 12th grade, President Allen Sessoms said today. Sessoms wants to...

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:31 PM ET, 12/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  UDC DCPS pilot, UDC Wilson pilot, UDC pilot DCPS, UDC two-year BA, UDC two-year bachelor degree

Posted at 04:51 PM ET, 12/13/2010

Many local schools have narrowed the grad gap

A few dozen of the nation's colleges have drawn notice lately for overcoming racial and ethnic disparities in graduation rates. Several of them are concentrated in the Washington region. In a story published Sunday, I focus on the gap-closing efforts...

By Daniel de Vise  |  04:51 PM ET, 12/13/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment | Tags:  college attainment, college completion, college completion gap, college graduation, graduation gap

Posted at 12:08 PM ET, 12/07/2010

Md., Va. grad rates exceed national average

A new report from the Southern Regional Education Board shows new graduation data suggesting that both Maryland and Virginia outperform the nation as a whole in both entering and exiting college. Maryland's college graduation rate stands at 65 percent, and...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:08 PM ET, 12/07/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  Maryland higher education, Virginia higher education, college completion rates, college entrance rates, college graduation rates

Posted at 12:52 PM ET, 12/06/2010

U-Va., William and Mary grad rates are nation's best

Updated 12/7 with Chronicle citation corrected. The University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary rank one and two in the nation among public research universities for their graduation rates, according to an analysis of new federal data...

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:52 PM ET, 12/06/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  Maryland college graduation rates, UVA graduation rate, Virginia college graduation rates, William Mary graduation rate, college completion rates, college graduation rates

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 09/29/2010

Adults with 'some college' key to Obama's graduation goal

An estimated 37 million American adults ages 25 to 64, or about one-fifth of the working population, started college but never finished.

By Daniel de Vise  |  12:15 PM ET, 09/29/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  2020 college graduation initiative, 2025 college graduation initiative, Lumina completion, Lumina graduation, Obama graduation initiative

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 09/24/2010

Independent colleges launch 2020 graduation push

Two organizations of independent colleges unveiled a new Web site Thursday that brings together hundreds of existing or proposed initiatives at member colleges toward meeting President Obama's goal of regaining the lead in college completion by 2020. Building Blocks to...

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:44 PM ET, 09/24/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  Building Blocks to 2020, CIC, NAICU, Obama graduation initiative, college completion initiative

Posted at 02:26 PM ET, 09/21/2010

Report: U.S. won't regain grad lead anytime soon

A new report from the Lumina Foundation for Education says the nation is making scant progress toward the oft-stated goal of regaining the world lead in college completion. Lumina set a goal in 2008 of increasing the completion rate to...

By Daniel de Vise  |  02:26 PM ET, 09/21/2010 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Attainment, Attainment, Attainment | Tags:  Lumina report, U.S. graduation rate, college completion, graduation, world lead in college completion