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Track High School Students' College Success

In order to improve high school students' future admission and success in college, we need to track how many students go to college and how they perform (which we don't now do). http://ow.ly/PbUF

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Bypass Electoral College

A new proposal seeks to bypass the Electoral College and elect the President via popular vote. Without amending the constitution, it calls on states to commit all electoral votes to the candidate winning the popular vote. http://www.fairvote.org/

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To Improve College Graduation Rates, Send Kids to Tough Schools

It's paradoxical, but researchers show that all things being held equal, students going to more demanding colleges have higher rates of graduation. Sending kids to an easy university hurts them, not helps them. Economist http://bit.ly/aFfv2M

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End College Legacy Preference

Elite colleges should stop giving preference to children of alumni. http://ow.ly/w8XsS

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Finish Two Years of College Before College

Bob Herbert describes programs in NYC that allow motivated youth to finish high school plus an associates degree in four years of high school. They head into college in the sophomore or junior years. NY Times http://nyti.ms/aYCbOL

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Skip College

The mantra of "to be successful, go to college" has skeptics. Some economists argue that for lowest performing students, the odds of completing college are so low they should focus on good vocational training programs. NY Times http://nyti.ms/buZwGT

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Focus on Adult Eduction

Of the 18 million undergraduates in the US, only 27% are recent high school graduates at a four year institution. The vast majority follow less-traditional paths. http://ti.me/OKFPm9

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Support Services to Help College Students Graduate

Only half of college students graduate (only one third at community colleges) -- but elite schools boast 90%+ graduation rates. When providing support services at typical colleges, graduation rates soar. NY Times http://nyti.ms/1dyMWW4

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Shorten College

Kids that move more quickly through college have less debt, earlier income, and often more discipline. USA Today (via Aspen Ideas) http://usat.ly/186ijvY

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