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Dismal graduation rate

3 years 5 months 6 days ago December 16, 2013 Dec 16, 2013 Monday, December 16 2013 December 16, 2013 6:18 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Michael Marsh

WASHINGTON- Just four in ten students who enter college graduate with a degree from the school they started.

That figure comes from the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit group that works with colleges and universities to verify student enrollment and graduation status.

It's from a review that 3,500 schools participated in.

The figures are from 2007 and show that 56% of those who started college in that year finished their courses and 29% of those who started that year are no longer working toward a degree.

The Education Department wants to pressure schools to keep costs down and link federal financial aid to performance.

The graduation rate is one piece of the emerging college rating system.

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