HEPC 2012 - Invisible Cost: Measuring and Managing the Institutional Costs of Student Attrition

The national agenda to significantly improve completion rates can benefit from rigorous analysis and clear understanding of student attrition by institutions, SHEEO agencies, and policymakers. A new policy brief from the Delta Cost Project at AIR analyzes the institutional costs from student attrition and provides ways for institutions and states to measure and manage attrition. This study found that a 20% reduction in attrition could increase degree/certificate awards by 6%—a big step toward meeting national goals to increase education attainment—at no additional cost. Such a reduction would help in meeting state and national attainment goals.

Date: 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
Presented by: 
Lee Holcombe, Director, Higher Education Policy Institute, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board; and Nate Johnson, Founder and Principal Consultant, Postsecondary Analytics