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ERIC Number: EJ883909
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1068-1027
Graduation Rates: The Stakes for Boards
Marchese, Theodore J.
Trusteeship, v17 n3 p14-19 May-Jun 2009
Boards typically consider various financial indicators to gauge the health of their institutions, such as meeting enrollment goals. But there's one indicator--seldom bragged about--that trustees should pay closer attention to: graduation rates. Growing public attention to the need for more college graduates will increase pressure on campuses to improve the proportion of students actually graduating, but consistent attention over time will be needed to make a significant difference. The author believes that even a modest increase in the graduation rate generates more alumni, with potential fund-raising payoffs--depending on the size of the institution--in the millions or tens of millions of dollars. This article discusses the need for governing boards to consider the implications of graduation rates for their university or college and the steps they should take to see that hiking graduation rates becomes a priority on the institutional agenda. (Contains 5 resources.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States