Speakers Urge Colleges to Go Beyond Access and Help Students Complete Degrees

Besides providing access to higher education, colleges must do more to help more students finish, Hilary Pennington, director of special initiatives for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, said at the American Council on Education annual meeting here on Monday.

Colleges should be accountable if their students fail to graduate, Ms. Pennington said, speaking at a plenary session. "Once we cash a student's tuition check, we must accept responsibility for their success."