Thursday, May 28, 2015

Fewer than a quarter of Oregon community college students complete degrees, audit says

Oregonian
May 28th, 2015


Only 24 percent of Oregon community college students reviewed in a state audit released Wednesday received an associate's degree or certificate within seven years.
The audit by Secretary of State Jeanne Atkins' office found even lower completion rates for most students of color. Completion rates were 15 percent for black students, 16 percent for Pacific Islanders, 19 percent for multi-racial students, 21 percent for Hispanics and 22 percent for Native Americans.
State higher education agencies and community colleges should increase capacity and help students complete degrees and certificates, the audit report recommended. The report found that Oregon is far from reaching its goal of 40 percent of adults having an associate's degree or post-secondary credential by 2025.

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