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The perils of pregnancy on success

July 28, 2014

​Community colleges and public universities in Mississippi will be doing more to address the high rate of pregnancy among older teens.

Leaving the System

July 10, 2014

The portion of first-time U.S. students who return to college for a second year has dropped 1.2 percentage points since 2009, according to a report that looks like bad news for the national college completion push.

Using Text-Message Reminders to Boost Student Persistence

June 17, 2014

A recent paper found that more than 18 percent of students who received a Pell Grant in their freshman year and earned at least a 3.0 GPA—a group that would seem to have every reason to reapply for aid—failed to do so.

Involving faculty in student retention

June 16, 2014

As pressure mounts to improve college completion rates, community colleges are looking for solutions to an age-old problem: how to keep students from dropping out once they enroll.

Get intrusive about advising

May 28, 2014

At Palo Alto College (PAC), high-touch advising is helping to get students on campus and making sure they stay.

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Establishing a Culture of Completion

Dr. Rod Risley

By Dr. Rod Risley

Many of our leaders have expressed that the economic prosperity of any nation is inextricably tied to the education of its citizens. In the United States, obtaining a higher education credential is a pursuit that many now consider a civil right and an essential pathway toward achieving the American Dream of upward social and economic mobility …

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