Study: College graduation rates up in Ohio, nationwide

Posted at 10:54 AM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 18:14:10-05

CLEVELAND — A study released on Monday revealed more students are graduating from college within six years nationwide, according to the National Student ClearingHouse Research Center.

The data revealed a rise in 43 out of 45 states from 2009-2013. Only Alabama and New Hampshire saw declines.

Ohio recorded one of the largest percentage increases. During the years examined, there was a 9% increase in college graduation rates in Ohio, from 53% to 62%.

The report also revealed more students are opting for community colleges. Between the 2012 and 2013 the completion rate for public two-year schools increased three percentage points or more in eight states. Ohio was among three states where four-year schools held strong.

Authors of the study also said first-time students at community schools are becoming younger. More people are starting courses while in high school.

While graduation rates are up, the number of students enrolling in college nationwide is down, compared to last year. Experts said rising costs and the economy contribute to the decline. Often times students will delay or skip college if there are more jobs available.

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