New graduation math = success for community colleges

Scorned for the abysmally low number of their students who earn degrees, the nation’s community colleges may be about to more than double their graduation rates — not by turning out a single additional graduate but by changing the way the rates are calculated, says Jon Marcus, who writes on higher education, in an ongoing collaboration with the Hechinger Report. The move comes 2½ years after President Obama called for community colleges to produce an additional 5 million degree-holders by 2020. The paperwork change, recommended by an advisory committee to the U.S. Department of Education, would revise the formula for determining community college graduation rates to include the large number of students who transfer to other schools after having completed at least 30 credits at a community college…

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