How to Graduate High Risk Students: Lessons from Successful For-Profit Colleges and Schools
JBLA was hired by TG: The Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation to study four career college and school campuses in Texas to determine what they did to achieve high graduation rates and low student loan default rates. The purpose of the research was to look for policies and practices that lead to increased retention and graduation rates, especially for high-risk students.
The analysis used a mixed method of inquiry, both qualitative and quantitative. Data were reviewed from federal and state sources that provided student graduation rates at career colleges and schools in Texas. Those data, along with the judgments of national and Texas-based experts, were used to select four institutions that offered programs of different lengths and fields of study, and also had high graduation rates along with low student loan default rates. These institutions were visited, and more than 50 structured interviews were completed with owners/directors, student services staff, faculty, students, and alumni.
In addition, the report compares data on career colleges and schools with data about students from public and private non-profit education in Texas. The report shows how students in career colleges and schools differ from those enrolled in other sectors.
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