My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
Universities Set New Goals For College Completion
Twenty state university systems are working together to craft plans to cut the minority college graduation gap in half by 2015. These systems such as State University System of Florida educate about 12% of the students in the nations four year colleges. They all have much higher graduation rates for whites and Asians than for other racial and ethnic groups. Some state universities like Towson in Maryland have already met completion goals
It remains to be seen whether this is a real committment or just more goal setting. One of the strategies is to manage college costs, so that colleges can spend more on initiatives to increase college completion
. Colleges have been unable to control their costs
in the past, in part because their model is to keep labor costs so high compared to lower cost use of technology. But this initiative will require universities to report on their goals in a more transparent way than before. A decade ago the California State University trustees set a goal of eliminating remediation
, but it has declined only to 56% from 60% for their students entering from high school. See www.edtrust.org
for more details.
Labels: College Completion, college costs