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ERIC Number: EJ757216
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar-23
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
The Graduation Gap
Hebel, Sara
Chronicle of Higher Education, v53 n29 pA20 Mar 2007
A college acceptance letter has long been seen as the ticket to the middle class for students from low-income families. Simply getting into college these days is not enough. Where financially needy students enroll makes a difference--sometimes a big difference--in whether they will ever earn a bachelor's degree. This article discusses graduation rates among low-income-serving institutions. Over all, students from low-income backgrounds are less likely to graduate from college than their wealthier peers. For college students from families with annual incomes of $25,000 or less, slightly more than one in four earns a bachelor's degree within six years, according to the U.S. Department of Education. For students from families with annual incomes of $70,000 or more, that figure is 56 percent. Unless four-year institutions can help more financially needy students attain bachelor's degrees, and community colleges can help more of their students move on to universities, the United States will struggle to fulfill its promise of educational opportunity and to make major strides in its global competitiveness.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United States