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ERIC Number: ED530791
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Apr
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Completion Matters: The High Cost of Low Community College Graduation Rates. Education Outlook. No. 2
Schneider, Mark; Yin, Lu Michelle
American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research
An ever-increasing number of individuals are turning to community college for their higher education. However, the majority of students entering community college fail to complete their degrees, and as a result, earn lower wages throughout the course of their lives. If community college retention rates were increased, graduates could become part of a wholly different income bracket, and taxpayers in the nation and the states would likewise experience substantial monetary gains. Cost-cutting and time-saving strategies and resources such as online delivery of classes, competency-based models of higher learning, and for-profit colleges and universities should be employed to increase the number of Americans completing their associate's degrees. An appendix provides information on how the estimates presented in this document were generated. (Contains 17 notes and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Enterprise Institute for Public Policy Research