College-Completion Experiment Gets Degrees to 'Empty Handed' Ex-Students

Over the last three years a large-scale experiment called Project Win-Win has helped more than 4,200 former college students obtain an associate degree, months or years after they dropped out. Yet the venture has also underscored the challenges of identifying, evaluating, and locating would-be graduates, who are highly mobile—and not always interested in a diploma.

On Tuesday representatives of participating two- and four-year institutions gathered here to discuss what they had