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Incoming student characteristics determine graduation rates, studies find
Inside Higher Ed

The easiest way for colleges to improve their graduation rates is to serve fewer disadvantaged students, according to two new studies released this week. The new research found that the characteristics of incoming students largely predict their likelihood of completing college. The papers arrive at a time when many politicians have been endorsing ideas for rewarding institutions that perform well on graduation rates. That concept, however, has been questioned by many at colleges that educate non-wealthy, less-prepared students.