Getting to Degrees: New Research on College Completion Data

How many students are really graduating from college? This number is becoming more important as policymakers look to tie university funding to completion rates.

But as more students start to “swirl” — take extended time off or transfer into another institution, acts that eliminate them from many traditional measures of college graduation – what’s the best way to keep track of which students actually earned degrees? Researchers from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center present an exclusive preview of their new Signature Report on college completions and an inside look at some of their other research, in a discussion moderated by Inside Higher Ed’s Paul Fain.