Improving college completion rates is one the foremost issues facing higher education today. Several national and state level efforts, including President Obama’s 2020 college completion goal to increase the number of college graduates by 50 percent, have brought increased attention to this issue.
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AGB is working on a new initiative which advocates that higher education leaders focus on the oversight and policy issues related to the national challenge of increasing student success. As part of this effort, AGB is surveying board members about college completion efforts at their institutions and in state systems. Preliminary data suggest that among the numerous issues that boards must undertake, college completion is a priority for many, but not all.
Is college completion a priority for your board?
Approximately 75 percent of board members from public colleges, universities, and systems say that degree completion is the most important or a major priority for their boards. Twenty percent say it is somewhat of a priority, and 5 percent say it’s not a high priority or not a priority at all.
Independent boards, however, are more closely split on the issue. While 50 percent indicated that college completion is the most important or a major priority for their boards, another 37 percent say it is only somewhat of a priority, and fully 12 percent say that it is not a high priority or not a priority at all.