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Higher Completion Rates in the US, Less for Minorities

VU International News and Reviews No. 103 December 18 2017

December 2017

The National Student Clearing House Research Center in the US has published a report on the Fall 2011 student cohort, showing an overall national 6-year completion rate of 56.9%, which is 2.1 points higher than that of the 2010 cohort and continues the long term trend of rising completion rates in the US.

When examined by race and ethnicity, Asian and white students had much higher completion rates (68.9 per cent and 66.1 per cent, respectively) than Hispanic and black students (48.6 per cent and 39.5 per cent, respectively). Black students represent the only group that is more likely to stop out or discontinue enrollment than to complete a credential within six years (total completion rate of 39.5 per cent, compared to the no longer enrolled rate of 42.8 per cent).

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