Boosting College Graduation Rates Across the Country

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Vice President Joe Biden today called on governors to boost college graduation rates in their states. Speaking at the first annual Building a Grad Nation Summit, the Vice President said:

Right now we’ve got an education system that works like a funnel when we need it to work like a pipeline… 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. The dreams and skills of our college graduates will pave the way to a bright economic future for our nation.

In his State of the Union address President Obama set a goal of having the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. Accompanying the Vice President’s remarks today, the White House released a new college completion tool kit highlighting strategies, steps, and existing federal resource streams from which governors and state legislatures can draw to help increase graduation rates in their states.

Today’s conference is part of Education Month, which has focused on improving education in America from pre-school to college, particularly improving low-performing schools, integrating innovation and technology into the class room, tackling bullying, and reforming No Child Left Behind.