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Document Number: 9105

More Is Less: Extra Time Does Little to Boost College Grad Rates - Since 1991, the federal government has requires colleges to track and report graduation rates for first-time, full-time degree- or certificate-seeking students. In 2008, the federal government moved to extend the graduation time frame to 200 percent of time enrolled. Despite the addition of as many as two years to the measurement window, institutions overall showed only modest increases in their graduation rate. Two-year institutions showed the greatest gain (31.4% to 36.7%) Four-year institutions registered the smallest gains (a change of only 2.8%). (Ben Miller, Education Sector, December 2010)...

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