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College Success Rate Falls Short of Expectations, Report Says

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Though many parents and students believe a college degree is needed for success in the work world, only one in three students who enroll in college will eventually earn a degree, according to a policy brief from the Education Commission of the States.

The Denver-based commission examined state and federal research studies and found that while students and parents in every racial group believe a college degree is necessary for success, many were not well informed about what it takes to prepare for college. The brief also found that students whose parents did not go to college needed the most support in trying to attain a degree.

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