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Document Number: 7356

Final Report from the Task Force on Retention and Completion Rates at the Community Colleges - According to the national data (IPEDS), the average community college graduation rate for first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students in Massachusetts was 17.4% in 2005, as compared to the national average of 21.5%. A Massachusetts task force developed goals and recommendations to increase the success and educational goal attainment for all community college students. The three goals include: increase the graduation rate for first-time, full-time, degree seeking students who complete their program within seven years; develop comprehensive student success measures for all community college students; and leverage financial resources to implement task force recommendations. (Massachusetts Board of Higher Education, February 2007)...

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