Published Online: October 23, 2012
Published in Print: October 24, 2012, as College Graduation

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College Graduation

"High School Rigor and Good Advice: Setting up Students to Succeed"

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New research suggests that if schools can figure out how to keep college freshmen on track, the nation could be well on its path to meeting President Barack Obama's 2020 goal of leading the world in producing college graduates.

The studyRequires Adobe Acrobat Reader, by the Center for Public Education at the National School Boards Association, focuses on freshman-to-sophomore persistence rates. College students are more likely to drop out their first year than any other. It's based on a nationally representative sample of more than 9,000 high school sophomores from 2002 through their second year in college.

The freshmen who come back for a second year of college are more likely to have experienced higher levels of mathematics in high school, more Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate courses, and good college advising, the report concludes.

Vol. 32, Issue 09, Page 5

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