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Recent Education Trust Reports on College Graduation Rates

Intentionally Successful: Improving Minority Student College Graduation Rates (July 2013)

Employing new data reported to the U.S. Department of Education, The Education Trust finds encouraging news for those concerned about closing access and success gaps in higher education. Over the past three years, the number of black and Latino undergraduates enrolled in four-year colleges has increased far faster than the enrollment of white students. "Intentionally Successful" highlights individual institutions of higher education that are leading and lagging in closing the college completion gap.

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Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for African-American students (Sept. 2012)

Some U.S. colleges are making the grade for African-American students. Instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more black students graduate.

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Advancing to Completion: Increasing degree attainment by improving graduation rates and closing gaps for Hispanic students (Sept. 2012)

Some U.S. colleges are making the grade for Latino students. Instead of settling for lower success rates, they are taking responsibility for helping more Latino students graduate.

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Big Gaps Small Gaps in Serving African-American Students (Aug. 2010)

Some colleges and universities do better than others in graduating African-American students. Our analysis strongly suggests that what colleges do with and for the students they admit matter a great deal.

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Big Gaps Small Gaps in Serving Hispanic Students (Aug. 2010)

This brief calls attention to the colleges and universities that are serving Hispanic students well, as evidenced by small or nonexistent graduation-rate gaps between Hispanic and white students. We also shine a necessary light on institutions with particularly large gaps.

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Recent Education Trust Reports on College Access and Financial Aid

Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges (June 2014)

The Education Trust report Tough Love: Bottom-Line Quality Standards for Colleges recommends targeting assistance to persistently underperforming public and nonprofit colleges and imposing tough consequences, including cutting off federal aid, on these institutions that fail to improve within a reasonable time period.

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Doing Away With Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College Affordability for Low and Middle-Income Families (Feb. 2013)

The Ed Trust’s new report, Doing Away With Debt: Using Existing Resources to Ensure College Affordability for Low and Middle Income Families, suggests that for students who are willing to study, work, or serve their communities, the federal and state governments, along with their institutions, should make sure they can afford to go to college without the fear of crushing student loan debt.

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Lifting the Fog on Inequitable Financial-Aid Policies (Nov. 2011)

This report attempts to “lift the fog” on inequitable financial aid policies to show how at every level, from the federal government to the campus, spending has shifted away from the students who most need support toward those who will attend college no matter what.

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Priced Out: How the Wrong Financial-Aid Policies Hurt Low-Income Students (June 2011)

This report finds that just five of nearly 1,200 four-year colleges and universities have student bodies that are at least 30 percent low-income and offer low-income students a reasonable chance at a bachelor’s degree at a relatively affordable cost.

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Subprime Opportunity: The Unfulfilled Promise of For-Profit Colleges and Universities (Nov. 2010)

Three years after the U.S. housing market collapse, our country continues to suffer the effects of misplaced priorities and weak regulation of subprime mortgage lenders. Meanwhile, the most vulnerable Americans are being targeted by yet another set of corporations peddling access to the American dream but delivering little more than crippling debt: under regulated for-profit colleges.

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