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Author(s):L. DeAngelo, R. Franke, S. Hurtado, J.H. Pryor and S. Tran
Title:Completing College: Assessing Graduation Rates at Four Year Colleges
Short Description:Current methods used by colleges and universities for predicting graduation rates fall short on accuracy because they leave out key information about the types of students the institutions enroll. By taking into account a broader array of social, economic and psychological characteristics of incoming students, as well as an institution's mission, colleges and universities could more precisely assess how effective they are at moving students toward completion of their degrees over four, five and six years.
Annotation:Current methods used by colleges and universities for predicting graduation rates fall short on accuracy because they leave out key information about the types of students the institutions enroll. By taking into account a broader array of social, economic and psychological characteristics of incoming students, as well as an institution's mission, colleges and universities could more precisely assess how effective they are at moving students toward completion of their degrees over four, five and six years. "Completing College: Assessing Graduation Rates at Four-Year Institutions," combines data from the CIRP (Cooperative Institutional Research Program) Freshman Survey, which gathers information on students as they enter college, and links that information with student graduation data from the National Student Clearinghouse. The following factors are also positively associated with completing college in four, five and six years: -expecting to participate in student clubs and groups during college -self-ratings on emotional health and drive to achieve -choosing a college based on the overall cost of attending Some negative predictors include anticipating the need to work full time while in college and intending to transfer to another institution. The report recommends that institutions find ways to better accommodate these students, by assisting with aid and providing counseling.
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Educational Attainment/College Degree Completion
Institutional Improvement
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