A book about college graduation rates released last week, Crossing the Finish Line, revealed some alarming statistics. Just 33 percent of the freshmen who enter the University of Massachusetts (Boston) graduate within six years; at the University of Montana, less than 41 percent graduate; and at the University of New Mexico, only 44 percent do so. The findings are based on the records of roughly 200,000 students at 68 colleges. The book's bottom line: America faces a college dropout crisis.
What can be done to boost college completion?