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Education experts give graduation rate calculations a failing grade

March 11th, 2012 by WCBC Radio

The University of Maryland in Prince George’s County’s College Park has an 82 percent graduation rate.

Just miles away in Largo, Prince George’s County Community College has a graduation rate of 6 percent. And Bowie State University, one of the nation’s oldest historically black colleges, graduates 39 percent of its students.

It’s easy to assume on first glance which schools are succeeding and which are failing.

But some analysts and education leaders say the methods used to calculate graduation rates cast an unfair light on certain schools by only showing part of a much larger picture.

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