By Max Lewontin
How do community-college students move from their first class to their first job? Plenty of educators and analysts would like to know more about that process.
A research institute called RTI International said on Monday that its newly revamped web tool could provide answers. The tool, known as The Completion Arch, is an effort to provide a data-driven look at the experiences of the nation’s approximately 10 million community-college students.
The Completion Arch brings together 500 measures drawn from federal and state data about colleges across the country, such as students’ transfer rates to four-year institutions, how many students are placed in remedial courses, and the average time it takes them to earn a degree.