by Caralee Adams
summary by Carnegie Perspectives
"While high school seniors right now are focused on applications to get into college, the bigger issue they will eventually face is getting out. New research suggests that students who attend private schools have higher completion rates than those who attend public institutions, and enrolling full-time substantially improves the chances of earning a degree over part-timers. On average, about 54 percent of college students finish a degree in six years, a figure that has remained relatively flat in recent years, according to a preview of a report to be released in December from the National Student Clearinghouse. For students who obtained a credential, 41.8 percent finished at the same institution where they started and 12.4 percent at a different institution."