Report explores Alaska's poor
college completion rate
May 12, 2008
The Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education has released
a report entitled Making Alaska More Competitive by Preparing
Citizens for College and Career.
The report contains Alaska's recent high school dropout rates
related to ninth-graders, as well as the percentage who successfully
complete a collegiate program of study within 150 percent of
the regular time to complete.
These statistics show Alaska at the bottom in educational performance
indicators in the nation. For every 50 ninth-graders, 31
graduate from high school, 14 go to college, nine return for
their sophomore year, and only three receive a degree within
The report was written by Dr. Ron Phipps of the Institute for
Higher Education Policy in Washington, D.C. In conjunction
with the report's development, the commission partnered with
the National College Access Network to survey various stakeholders
to better understand the postsecondary access and success climate
The major findings of this research are: 1) a college-going culture
does not exist in Alaska; and, 2) the relationship between Alaska's
workforce needs and postsecondary education is not widely recognized.
"Making Alaska More Competitive" provides compelling
evidence that improving access to and participation and success
in postsecondary programs, both collegiate and vocational, are
key to a strong future for Alaska and her citizens. It also outlines
several recommendations and potential strategies for improving
educational outcomes in Alaska, and helping students acquire
the knowledge and ability to succeed in postsecondary education
and in their careers.
Download the 20-page report:
Making Alaska More Competitive
by Preparing Citizens for College and Career.
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