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Closing the ‘drop-out gap’ for students near credit completion


A new report analyzes the troubling trend of students who leave institutions despite being close to degree attainment

New research reveals that nearly 1 in 5 students who do not graduate from college have completed 75 percent or more of their required credits, highlighting a troubling gap in college completion.

The analysis of more than 300,000 students at 53 institutions, released by Civitas Learning, also shows that 1 in 10 students will reach the 90 percent credit completion threshold before leaving without a degree.

At four-year institutions, about 13 percent of nonpersisting students had completed 75 percent or more of credit threshold, and about 6 percent had reached the 90 percent credit threshold.

At two-year institutions, nearly 22 percent of students who did not earn a degree were at or over the 75 percent threshold and more than 15 percent were at or over the 90 percent threshold.

Laura Ascione