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Crossing the Finish Line: A National Effort to Address Near Completion

Published: November 2011

Publisher(s): Institute for Higher Education Policy

Funder(s): Carnegie Corporation of New York

View Report (6 pages; 271KB; PDF)

Area of Focus: College and Career Preparation


The brief offers a framework for reengaging students who leave higher education when they are close to obtaining degrees. The report highlights regional and national efforts to help near-completion students graduate, reveals early findings, and offers strategies for stakeholders.

Key Findings and/or Recommendations

=A framework for addressing the near completion population includes identification and recruitment strategies, assessment of student learning, addressing affordability, and formally recognizing completion.

=In response to national calls for increased degree attainment, several statewide and multi-state initiatives are under way with the goal of bringing near-completion efforts to scale.

=Institutional leaders, state system leaders and regional consortiums, higher education research and policy organizations, the private sector, and federal policymakers all have a vital role to play in improving degree attainment and must work together on a comprehensive strategy.

Focus: National

Subjects/Keywords: College; Completion; Degree; Higher Education; Recruitment; University

+ Successful strategy
= Observation
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