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Dismal graduation rate

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Posted: Dec 16, 2013 7:18 PM by Michael Marsh
Updated: Dec 16, 2013 7:18 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: graduation rate, National Student Clearinghouse, college, degree

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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