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Incentives Offered to Raise College Graduation Rates

In what amounts to a “Race to the Top” for higher education, the U.S. Department of Education is offering competitive grants to help states increase their college completion rates.

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said the program would offer incentives to states and schools for reforms aimed at achieving the administration?s goal of adding eight million college graduates by 2020. ”

We all know that the best jobs and fastest-growing firms will gravitate to countries, communities, and states with a highly qualified work force,” Mr. Duncan said.

Both English and mathematics teachers are more likely to rate the ability to write clearly and persuasively higher than mathematical ability as absolutely essential for college readiness, according to a new MetLife Foundation survey.

Merit?s College Prep Software can help students benefit from the new initiatives planned by the administration. Merit has a long track record of working with colleges to help improve students? writing skills.

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