The Obama administration is rolling out an effort to give governors the tools they need to boost college completion rates in line with the president’s goal of getting the United States to lead the world in proportion of college graduates by 2020.
At a summit in Washington on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden will release a "College Completion Tool Kit" a 23-page document that offers governors ideas on how to boost college graduation rates, including using data to make decisions and simplifying the process for students transferring from one college to another.
"Right now we’ve got an education system that works like a funnel when we need it to work like a pipeline," said Biden. "We have to make the same commitment to getting folks across the graduation stage that we did to getting them into the registrar’s office," Biden said in a statement.
The toolkit is part of the administration’s push “to help make every governor an education governor,” Education Secretary Arne Duncan said on a press call Monday. “If governors dramatically boost college completion rates in their states to all-time highs, it will be good for them and good for the country.”
The toolkit proposes strategies for ratcheting up college completion but comes with no new money, and its recommendations are described by the Education Department as “low-cost” or “no-cost” ideas. Among them: supporting performance-based funding, targeting adults with some college but no degree, and accelerating learning and reducing costs.
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