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Document Number: 8817

College Graduation Rates: Behind the Numbers - This report highlights the complexities of measuring what many policy makers view as a simple compliance metric with the existing national databases. Just because the existing databases used to calculate graduation rates were not designed with the current policy demands in mind does not render them useless. The databases referenced in this report provide valuable information on graduation rates, however users should take care in using them to measure the overall effectiveness of postsecondary education institutions. (Bryan Cook and Natalie Pullaro, American Council on Education, September 2010)...

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