Graduation and dropouts

part-time students

Colleges and states turn their attention to slow-moving part-time students

Fewer than one in five students who go part time will graduate within even eight years

College dreams often melt away in summer months. ‘Near-peer’ counseling is helping keep them alive.

Eight years in, a program that helps low-income students stay on track to college is spreading — and showing results

To help first-generation students succeed, colleges enlist their parents

1 in 3 first-generation students quits college within three years. Can colleges boost grad rates by building relationships with students’ parents?

The messy reality of personalized learning

In Rhode Island, questions persist about the effectiveness of individualized instruction via laptop

At the Telstar Freshman Academy in Maine, service learning is included as part of the curriculum. Bailey Fraser, 15 (left), and her stepsister Leah Kimball, 15, volunteer with Edible Bethel during their service learning block.

All ninth graders study at the local 4-H center in this Maine district

At Telstar Freshman Academy, outdoor-based projects are a way to raise students’ ambitions and keep them engaged

Universities try to catch up to their growing Latinx populations

Like many U.S. colleges, Indiana University Northwest is seeing a sharp rise in Latinx students — but support for them is lagging

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Juab school district

In Utah, personalizing learning by focusing on relationships

This district says personalized learning boosted its graduation rate from 78 to 97 percent

Colleges must stop holding students hostage and release their debt

Three colleges and a chamber of commerce in Michigan are helping students who need it

What if we hired for skills, not degrees?

The last decade has seen widespread ‘degree inflation.’ But a growing movement of employers, workers and training groups offers a rebuke to a culture that exalts a bachelor’s as the gold standard for upward mobility

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