Online Learning Update

June 14, 2017

Data: For-profits worst at graduating low-income students

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:05 am

by A. Arnett, Education Dive

New data from the U.S. Department of Education shows private, for-profit institutions do the worst job of graduating Pell-eligible students. While 3 in 4 students at these institutions receive Pell grants, only 16% actually graduate with a bachelor’s degree in six years, and The Hechinger Report’s Jon Marcus and Sarah Butrymowicz noted in their analysis of the report that shorter-term for-profit programs (two years or less) see much greater success with getting these students a higher ed credential. Nonprofit institutions, by comparison, graduate between 50-55%, but they enroll significantly fewer Pell-dependent students.

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