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      Study finds high college dropout rate in RI

      A new study has found a high dropout rate among Rhode Island students who enroll in the state's public colleges.

      The Providence Journal reports the joint study by the state Office of Higher Education and the Department of Education found that just 47 percent of students were still enrolled in college by the start of the third semester.

      The study followed 12,770 students who finished the eighth-grade in 2006. Half of those who graduated high school enrolled in one of the state's three public colleges; 22 percent enrolled in a private institution or out-of-state school.

      The study found that enrollment in the state's public schools drops off with each semester.

      The study says the issue of college retention cuts across class and racial boundaries.