Research + News | Topic: College Completion

Students Want Faster Degrees. Colleges Are Responding

Colleges are offering accelerated degrees, giving students the opportunity to graduate sooner and with less debt, but is this a good idea? Read the article here.

The Latest Research On Helping Students To Fail Forward

Are students passing classes even though they don’t complete assignments and they often fail tests? Tim Elmore explores this topic in a blog post.

Read his blog here.

How to Get Your 20-Something Out of the Basement

A guest post from Andrew McPeak on the Growing Leaders blog. Read the blog here.

Just 40% of College Graduates Think College Got Them Ready for a Career

In an online survey of 1,360 US college students in March and April of 2016, the education company McGraw-Hill and the analytics firm Hanover Research found that only four out of every 10 seniors graduating in the class of 2016 feel their college experience has helped them get ready for a career, and that figure is slightly lower for students across all years.

Read the full article here.

When Millennials Go to Work

It’s graduation season, and that means millions of young Americans (Millennials) are being awarded degrees from colleges and universities across the nation, and are now heading into the workforce—many for the first time ever. But what are the unique expectations of this generation when it comes to work?

Read the research article from Barna here.

Most Students Expect Parents’ Financial Help After College

According to Upromise, more than 2/3 of students expect mom and dad to financially support them after college graduation. Read the article here.

Pregnant College Girls Should Not Have to Choose Between Child, Education

The Christian Post explores the issue of getting pregnant while in college. From the article:

“Becoming unexpectedly pregnant while in college can be a scary situation for most women, and many of these students have no idea about the resources available to them on their college campuses to help them stay in school and parent their children.”

Read the entire article here.

College Students with Involved Fathers 98% More Likely to Graduate

Fathers can play a big role in whether or not their children graduate from college. Read the article here.

Tech Nudge: Proding Students Into and Through College

degreeAn article by Education Sector at American Institutes for Research explains the many ways that colleges use communication technology to “nudge” students through daily college activities and decisions. From the article:

“By giving students information-driven suggestions that lead to smarter actions, technology nudges are intended to tackle a range of problems surrounding the process by which students begin college and make their way to graduation… New approaches are certainly needed. Just 58 percent of full-time, first-time college students at four-year institutions complete a degree within six years. Among Hispanics, blacks, and students at two-year colleges, the figures are much worse. In all, more than 400,000 students drop out every year. At a time when post­secondary credentials are more important than ever, around 37 million Americans report their highest level of education as ‘some college, no degree.'”

Read the article here.

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It’s Possible to Graduate Debt-Free. Here’s How

Writing for The Wall Street Journal, Rebekah Bell, a recent graduate of Biola University, explains tips for obtaining a college degree with little to no debt. The advice: “Scout out scholarships, take courses online, use your skills to make money and get a summer job.”

Read the full article here.