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Document Number: 4613

College Completion: Additional Efforts Could Help Education with Its Completion Goals - Increasingly, states are beginning to hold colleges accountable for retaining and graduating their students. This report from the United States General Accounting Office (GAO) examines the extent to which four-year college students complete a degree, the factors that affect college completion, and what states and four-year institutions are doing to foster bachelorís degree completion. The study finds that more than half of all students who enrolled in a four-year college completed a bachelorís degree within six years. It also finds that students from disadvantaged backgrounds were no less likely to complete a degree than other students, though these same students were less likely to attend college in the first place. (GAO, May 2003)...

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