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Measures of Student Success

From the Department of Education’s Committee on Measures of Student Success

Increasing the number of college graduates in the United States is critical to our nation’s economic growth and global competitiveness. Two-year institutions must play a pivotal role in increasing the proportion of American adults with a postsecondary credential. Over the past decade alone, student enrollment at two-year institutions has increased by 26 percent from 5.9 million to 7.5 million undergraduate students.1 Recognizing the importance of the two-year sector in meeting national goals to increase degree attainment among adults in the United States, President Obama called for five million more community college graduates by the year 2020.2 To achieve these ambitious goals, students and families, policymakers, and researchers need more—and better—information about student progression and completion at two-year degree- granting institutions, including community colleges and for-profit colleges.

Continued at: http://www2.ed.gov/about/bdscomm/list/cmss-committee-report-11-15-11.pdf

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