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"Filling in the Blanks: How Information Can Affect Choice in Higher Education"

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The U.S. Department of Education should require colleges to provide their six-year graduation rates in all admissions and financial-aid correspondence so students and families can more easily distinguish among colleges, according to a new report.

The Washington-based American Enterprise Institute surveyed 1,000 parents of high school-age children in five states. The report shows that when choosing between two public, four-year colleges in their states, parents were 15 percent more likely to select the college with a higher graduation rate.

The institute also found that parents with less education, lower incomes, and less knowledge of the college-application process were more likely to choose a college with higher graduation rates than better-informed and more-advantaged parents.

Vol. 30, Issue 17, Page 5

Published in Print: January 19, 2011, as Higher Education
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