NV and 16 states to fight dismal college completion rates
BOISE, Idaho (AP) – More than a dozen states have formed an alliance to battle dismal college completion rates and figure out how to get more students to follow through and earn their diplomas.
Stan Jones, Indiana’s former commissioner for higher education, is leading efforts in 17 states, with about $12 million in startup money from several national nonprofits including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Jones founded the nonprofit Complete College America last year and says about one in every two Americans who start colleges don’t finish.
The campaign’s goal: Make sure 60 percent of adults between the ages of 25 and 35 hold an associate or bachelor’s degree by 2020, up from the 38 percent that now claim this status.
States participating include Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Nevada, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Vermont and West Virginia.