Ten years after 10th grade, 41 percent of the high school sophomores of 2002 had earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, concludes a new federal study. Forty-three percent had no postsecondary credential, while 7 percent had earned a certificate and 10 percent an associate degree.
It might be useful if students and teachers realized how grim the college graduation statistics are for C students.
Only 4.9 percent of C- and D students (GPA less than 2.0) earned a bachelor’s degree by their mid-20s; another 18 percent earned a certificate or associate degree. For those with a solid C average (2.0 to 2.49), 14.8 percent earned a bachelor’s and another 1 percent a master’s degree. That rose to 28.2 percent and 3.8 percent for C+ (2.5 to 2.99 GPA) students.
By contrast 65 percent of B students and 81 percent of those with a 3.5 GPA or higher earned at least a bachelor’s degree.
There’s a lot here for data junkies.