Here are some new resources and news for the field of higher education.
Colleges Thinking Differently to Raise Graduation Rates. In a recent op-ed in The New York Times, Secretary of Education John King wrote that “far too many students start college but do not finish” and then shared examples of colleges and universities that are improving their graduation rates by finding innovative solutions. For instance, Georgia State University increased its completion rate by 22 percentage points over a decade in part by offering peer advising, providing microgrants for low-income students, and assigning advisers to students at risk of dropping out, while other universities are creating incentives to help students attend college full-time.
Study Finds First-Year Students Who Take 15 Credits Succeed. The Community College Research Center at the Teachers College at Columbia University released a report that says students who enroll in 15 credits’ worth of classes in their first semester are more likely to graduate than those students who enroll with only 12 credits. (Inside Higher Ed, June 30).