Wednesday, February 25, 2015

38 comments Oregon has No. 4 best grad rate for residents in private colleges; community college completion lags

February 25th, 2015

Oregon boasts the nation's fourth-best college graduation rate among high school graduates who go to private colleges, with 82 percent earning a degree within six years, a new report says.
But Oregonians' main route into higher education - community colleges - leads to a college degree only 30 percent of the time, almost 10 percentage points below the national average, the study found.
That reinforces the need for Oregon to ensure that community college students get more coaching, advising, counseling and financial support so that they don't just start college - they finish with a degree or industry-recognized certification so they can get good jobs, says Ben Cannon, executive director over higher education in Oregon.

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