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The Easy Ways to Reduce College Dropout Rates, Why Systems Thinking Is Necessary for Progress and More

July 29, 2016
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The Easy Ways to Reduce College Dropout Rates, Why Systems Thinking Is Necessary for Progress and More
The National Center for Education Statistics discovered that less than half of college students at four-year schools complete their degree within six years. Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images
Take a break from the regular news cycle and check out these NationSwell must-reads, which uncover solutions that are moving America forward.

 

Tiny Interventions Can Help Reverse Our Sky-High College Dropout Rate, FastCo.Exist
Less than two-thirds of students at four-year universities complete their degree within six years. Even worse? Only 29 percent graduate from a two-year school within three years. A recent report from Ideas42 reveals that simple solutions like supportive text messages and built-in study blocks can help solve this systemic problem.

Why Social Ventures Need Systems Thinking, Harvard Business Review
Some companies led by a single innovative thinker have brought about great change. But as Evan Marwell’s success with EducationSuperHighway demonstrates, it really takes a serial entrepreneur to tackle large-scale issues in order to revolutionize an entire system.

Five Voices on Reforming the Front End of Justice, The Marshall Project
Local innovation is reforming the criminal justice system. Five experts from various sides of the issue reveal how community and law enforcement collaborations reduce recidivism and crime rates, lower costs and save lives — all the while keeping citizens safe.

MORE: This One Bill Could Make Criminal Justice Reform a Reality

 

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