Media inquiries: Véronique Rodman
MEDIA ADVISORY: JUNE 3, 2009
In Diplomas and Dropouts: Which Colleges Actually Graduate Their Students (and Which Don't), authors Frederick M. Hess, Mark Schneider, Kevin Carey, and Andrew P. Kelly use data from the U.S. Department of Education to examine graduation rates across schools with similar levels of admissions selectivity. Among their findings is the troubling fact that hundreds of institutions fail to graduate a majority of their students in six years, yet these colleges and universities still receive tens of billions of dollars from taxpayers every year. At a time of fiscal constraints and tight budgets, voters and public officials should be aware of institutions that are not accomplishing their most basic task of graduating students.
This report provides valuable information for parents, students, and guidance counselors who too often lack information on graduation rates when selecting schools or deciding where to spend thousands of dollars in savings--or take on thousands of dollars of debt.
The press release can be found here: http://www.aei.org/press/100009
Download the full report here: http://www.aei.org/paper/100019
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Mark Schneider: email@example.com (202.403.5510)
Kevin Carey: firstname.lastname@example.org (202.756.4944)
Andrew P. Kelly: email@example.com (202.419.5209)
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