VIA NYTimes: Only Half of First-Time College Students Graduate in 6 Years

As we talk about 6-year retention rates around here, it’s worth thinking about the national trends, discussed in this nice post at the NYTimes by Catherine Rampell:

As we’ve covered here many times before, there is an abundance of evidence showing that going to college is worth it. But that’s really only true if you go to college and then graduate, and the United States is doing a terrible job of helping enrolled college students complete their educations.

A new report from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center digs deeper into these graduation rates. It finds that of the 1.9 million students enrolled for the first time in all degree-granting institutions in fall 2006, just over half of them (54.1 percent) had graduated within six years. Another 16.1 percent were still enrolled in some sort of postsecondary program after six years, and 29.8 percent had dropped out altogether.

Read the piece, then check out the Chronicle of Higher Ed’s interactive map to see how Texas compares to other states.

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