REPORT: less than half of college students actually graduate
?Over the past 17 years, the percentage of four-year college and
university students who graduate has dipped more than 10 percentage
points, despite increases in enrollment, according to the Council for
Aid to Education and the National Governors Association.?
?About 42 percent of students entering four-year colleges or
universities graduate, according to the most recent information from
the associations, which is down from about 52 percent in 1983, which
is considered a "conservative" estimate, according to one of the
researchers and authors of the findings.?
Matrix: The Magazine for Leaders in Education, Oct, 2001, by Al Branch
?In a just-released study by Jones Education Co. (JEC) and Marketing
and Research Resources Inc. (M&RR), almost 78.9 percent of high school
juniors and seniors intend to go on to college. However, of the
roughly 2.6 million high school graduates each year, only
approximately 61.9 percent, or about 1.5 million, enroll, according to
the American College Testing Program, and only 28.4 percent or 725,000
students, actually graduate from college, according to the U.S.
Department of Commerce.?
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, a division
of the U.S. Department of Education:
?Private-school students are twice as likely as public-school students
(52 percent vs. 26 percent) to actually graduate from college;
students from the lowest quartile of socioeconomic status are four
times more likely to graduate from college if they had attended a
private school rather than a public school (24.4 percent vs. 6.6
National Center for Education Statistics
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