When a college degree is no longer a ticket to the middle class

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He asks : What are the projections for the size of the middle class assuming current economic and demographic trends? trillion, according to the Federal Reserve, compared with less than $250 billion in 2003.

Minnesota has a persistent higher-ed gap: Are new efforts making a difference?

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Recognizing these trends, state policymakers set a goal almost four years ago of increasing the proportion of 25- to 44-year-olds, of all races, with at least a postsecondary certificate to 70 percent by 2025. Though some programs have helped lower dropout rates and improved graduation rates for students of color, the gap in the percentage of students finishing a degree has barely budged across the 30 community colleges in the Minnesota State Colleges and University system.

Colleges are using big data to track students in an effort to boost graduation rates, but it comes at a cost

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The idea is to find trends and patterns in huge amounts of historical data and use those patterns to predict the future. The dropout problem got a lot worse in the 1990s when more people started attending college. A growing trend. He could have been another dropout casualty.

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