facebook
twitter
search
search

55 percent of college students graduate

June 3, 2009 at 5:29 PM

WASHINGTON, June 3 (UPI) -- Almost half of the students at four-year colleges in the United States fail to graduate within six years of entering, a report released Wednesday said.

"Diplomas and Dropouts" was prepared for the American Enterprise Institute on Public Policy based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. The authors found that graduation rates vary widely among institutions with similar admissions policies and that on average 55 percent of students get degrees within six years.

Generally, the more competitive colleges have higher graduation rates. But the report said the University of Louisville in Kentucky has a 44 percent graduation rate, while James Madison University in Virginia graduates 81 percent of its students in six years, although both are "very competitive" state schools with similar tuition.

"Such differences suggest that while student motivation, finances, and ability matter greatly when it comes to college completion, the practices of higher education institutions matter, too," said Frederick M. Hess, a former high school teacher now with the AEI and lead author of the study.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts