There is an important, heightened, and newly focused federal conversation taking place regarding college completion. Initiatives that make a positive impact on students’ college completion – particularly on-time completion – deserve strong support.
This is a long-time priority of independent colleges, which have the highest graduation and on-time completion rates of any sector. In cooperation with the Council on Independent Colleges, NAICU launched Building Blocks to 2020 to gather information about existing efforts to improve graduation rates, expand effective programs, make periodic progress reports, and broadly disseminate information about successful programs.
As efforts to improve college completion rates continue, it will be important to guard against the creation of new credentials that devalue degree requirements.