Are we getting better at helping students finish what they started?

Are we getting better at helping students finish what they started?

Reported by Education Dive, research out of the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center shows that the college completion rate is at an 8-year high, with nearly 60% of students who entered college in 2013 having earned a credential in the past six years.

Public and private 4-year institutions are at their highest completion rates since the NSCRC began tracking this data in 2006.

The takeaway? Improvement doesn’t mean we’re at the finish line. 40% of students are still stopping out with no credential. But more and more institutions are understanding both the negative missional and revenue realities of stop-out students. And we’re finally starting to make the investments in our operational and support services, specifically for online students, necessary to make these student success improvements a reality.

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.