Over the last 45 years, the college-completion gap between the richest and poorest Americans rose from a 34-percentage point difference to a gap of 46 percentage points. Whereas 77% of the most wealthiest students graduate from college today, a majority of low-income students never attain that coveted degree. Many factors could be to blame for this troubling discrepancy, but one thing is certain--this trend is blocking the door to the middle class for millions of poor Americans. Read the full article here.
Graduating with a bachelor's degree in four years seems to the exception these days, but students' chances of graduating on time are almost twice as high at private colleges and universities as they are at public institutions. In fact, 36% of full-time students at prestigious public colleges and universities graduate on time; in contrast, 60% of students who enrolled in private colleges in 2006 graduated in 4 years. Read the full article here.