Nationally, only about 60 percent of students graduate from four-year colleges and universities within six years. According to an analysis by AIR vice president Mark Schneider, more than $9 billion was spent by state and federal governments to support students at four-year colleges and universities who left school before their sophomore year during a five-year period.
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A new report on racial and ethnic group education trends from NCES, and co-authored by AIR experts, has found that in 2008, U.S. females earned more college degrees than males within each racial/ethnic group, and Black females received more than twice as many degrees as Black males.
This policy brief outlines the barriers to higher education for students and provides policymakers and practitioners with research-based policy options, examples of best practice, and resources that can help all students increase their access to higher education.