Although high school graduation rates have risen in recent years to all-time highs, the nation’s college graduation rate remains far lower than graduates of of our nation’s top colleges might assume.
According to the Department of Education, 59% of first-time, full-time undergraduate students graduate within six years. Nearly 37 million citizens in the U.S. have attended some college but have no degree to show for it.
The picture is far bleaker for low-income students. Among students in the bottom-income quartile, the graduation rate is a shocking 8 percent.
The charter sector has begun to ask some serious questions about how to better support their graduates to and through college. Three dominant approaches seem to have materialized with some networks using a mix of all three.