Stagnant College Graduation Rate

Michael Soileau
Professor Theus
English 102
21 October 2013

More students than ever are attending college, but too many that start never finish with a degree. This is a great waste of time, resources, and mostly human potential. There is a multitude of reasons preventing students from graduation from college other than financial issues. It is common for students to start college unprepared, have full time jobs, have full time family responsibilities, or just more focused on getting started with college without a real idea of what they want to accomplish. In his editorial To Raise Graduation Rate, Colleges Are Urged to Help a Changing Student Body, E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio ...

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it is uncommon that they get a degree at all. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, enrollment among part- time college students rose by 26 percent between 2000 and 2010. But six years after enrolling, 68 percent of part-time students have either dropped out or are still struggling to finish. Many studies show that the average student should only work 15-20 hours a week so their school work doesn't suffer, but most part-time students work a minimum of 25 hours a week. It is quite difficult to maintain a good balance between work and school schedule especially between one semester and the next when students school schedule is subject to change from one semester to the next. The commute between class, home and school can lead to the student missing or skipping classes due to lack of time or general exhaustion if their class and work schedule are spread out too far. Many jobs require the students' free time outside of work which can conflict with school ...

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work ethic required by college curriculum. A lot of students transitioning from high school to college are not ready for the extensive work load, dedication and commitment required for college level classes; and once students fall behind it is quite difficult to catch back up. Many college level teachers have higher expectations than what freshman college students expect, which also contributes to unprepared college students. Not being prepared for college classes or taking a long break between high school and college can lead to remedial classes. Since delays are such a large factor of students getting discouraged and dropping out of college, remedial classes are quite an obstacle for ...

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