37 million college dropouts

Some 37 million Americans have “some college” but no credential. What would help more reach their goals — and boost the economy?

Financial aid should be redesigned to help needy students, says the National College Access Network.  That means dumping subsidized loans and tax credits for families earning $100,000 or more. The savings could fund Pell Grants for low- and moderate-income students.

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  1. Given that the 4 year college completion rate is between 25-34 percent, and that figure hasn’t changed much over the last 30 years or so, and that the cost of college has increased almost four fold in that period of time, and that the students who are being admitted into college directly from high school needing one or more remedial courses, it is not surprising that 37 million students dropped out of college.

  2. facebook_don.pettengill.3 says:

    This is nonsense. Financial aid should be based on performance. The down side: inflated grades may not reflect actual performance. The solution: use international standards (eg Hong Kong a-level exams) to measure performance. Of course the edu-establishment will never permit this. Their game would be up.

    • It’s cynical, but I’m betting the those qualifying for need-based or low-SES based aid are disproportionately unlikely to qualify for merit-based (SAT/ACT scores only) aid. Low-SES status is another leg of the diversity octopus; a deliberate plan for admitting and funding kids who are not prepared for college-level work. In other words, a bad idea. There are also many areas of the country, including many which produce many well-prepared students, in which $100k in no way represents affluence, given the high cost of living. Many families sacrifice to live in a good school district.

  3. Crimson Wife says:

    In my extended family, all of the members of my generation except 2 have their bachelor’s degree. Of the two college dropouts, one left after only a single semester at community college because she couldn’t hack it academically. She was a middling student in H.S. and really shouldn’t have been admitted the first place. I don’t see any way to get her through a bachelor’s degree if that is going to actually represent true college-level work.

    The other made it to halfway through his junior year then his substance use got the better of him. He had a lost decade but recently has turned his life around. Right now he’s too broke to go back to school but I think eventually he will finish up.