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dc.contributor.authorDenning, Jeffrey T.en
dc.contributor.authorEide, Eric R.en
dc.contributor.authorMumford, Kevin J.en
dc.contributor.authorPatterson, Richard W.en
dc.contributor.authorWarnick, Merrillen
dc.description.abstractCollege completion rates declined from the 1970s to the 1990s. We document that this trend has reversed--since the 1990s, college completion rates have increased. The authors investigate the reasons for the increase in college graduation rates. Collectively, student characteristics, institutional resources, and institution attended do not explain much of the change. However, they show that grade inflation can explain much of the change in graduation rates. They also show that GPA is a strong predictor of graduation rates and that GPAs have been rising since the 1990s. They find that increases in college GPAs cannot be explained by student demographics, ability, and school factors. Further, they show that at a public liberal arts college, grades have increased over time conditional on final exam performance.en
dc.description.sponsorshipAnnenberg Institute at Brown Universityen
dc.publisherAnnenberg Institute at Brown Universityen
dc.rightsCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0en
dc.subjectcollege completion ratesen
dc.subjecteducational attainmenten
dc.subjectliberal art collegesen
dc.titleWhy Have College Completion Rates Increased?en

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