Who Gets to Graduate? - Paul Tough

Tough explores two current trends in higher education in his recent New York Times article. Trend one is that a lot of students enrolling and attending aren't graduating. More than 40 percent of American students who start at four-year colleges haven’t earned a degree after six years. If you include community-college students in the tabulation, the dropout rate is more than half, worse than any other country except Hungary. The second trend is that whether a student graduates or not seems to depend today almost entirely on just one factor — how much money his or her parents make. To put it in blunt terms: Rich kids graduate; poor and working-class kids don’t.

Answers in the Toolbox - Clifford Adelman

Answers in the Tool Box is a study about what contributes most to long-term bachelor’s degreecompletion of students who attend 4-year colleges (even if they also attend other types ofinstitutions).

Learning From High-Performing and Fast-Gaining Institutions - Joseph Yeado, Kati Haycock, Rob Johnstone, and Priyadarshini Chaplot

Examination of the practices and strategies used by eight colleges and universities around the country in their shift from focusing on access alone to focusing on access and success.

Difference-Education Intervention- Nicole M. Stephens, MarYam G. Hamedani, and  Mesmin Destin

The Difference-Education Intervention was created by a group of researchers attempting to find a way to close the achievement gap between first-generation students and their peers. The research team utilized a diverse group of senior students to speak to first-generation freshmen and relate their college experiences to their backgrounds. This included sharing descriptions of the obstacles that they had faced during their time at the university that were related to their backgrounds and how they overcame those obstacles. First-generation students that had attended the intervention were shown to be more likely to seek out academic services, achieved higher G.P.A. averages for the year, and showed signs of improved psychological adjustment to college.