Recent investigations commissioned by philanthropic foundations have focused increasing attention on the problem of student retention rates in public colleges. The numbers that have provoked this growing concern among educators are striking: the U.S. Department of Education reports that only 20% of young people who begin their higher education at two-year institutions graduate within three years; in four-year institutions, only 4 in 10 students graduate within six years. These statistics document a growing and troubling trend in public education. Although higher education may open its doors to admit vast numbers who want to come, keeping students enrolled in college seems to present a much more complicated challenge. Increasing student retention requires more than the simple middle-class formula - advocating ambition and hard work with the promise of a better future and a better job - that predictably underlies stay-in-school campaigns. Retention programs and practices are needed to target the particular circumstances of at-risk groups.
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