Choice and Structure are keys to more college grads, argues grantee.

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As states consider new legislation and policies to increase college completion, Carnegie Corporation grantee Complete College America argues that several essential tests must be applied to determine if the legislation is beneficial, including: Will the approach reduce the time it takes to graduate? Will it direct students in making an informed, transparent choice, clearly consistent with their aspirations? Will it provide more predictability and structure in order to ease their daily struggles to balance work and school?

If the answers are yes, says Complete College America's president, Stan Jones, in a new article in the latest issue of Trusteeship magazine, then legislation should proceed with urgency. 

Counter to intuition and contrary to best intentions, says Jones, by letting the clock run, providing nearly endless choices, and allowing flexibility to rule, we may be simply providing many students the freedom to fail.

Read "Freedom to Fail."