Crossing the Finish Line

A book by William Bowen, Matthew Chingos and Michael McPherson entitled, “Crossing the Finish Line” examines degree attainment at America’s public universities. The authors assembled and explored a large new database on variables affecting college completion at America’s state universities and in four state university systems. The book presents surprising and important results including the role of high school grades vs. SAT/ACT scores in predicting degree completion; the extent to which minority and low-income students enroll in institutions that are matched to their academic abilities; and when students are most likely to drop out of college. The New York Times has a good write up on it as well.