Saturday, July 24, 2010

[...] The U.S. now ranks 12 out of 36 countries in terms of college-educated citizens between the ages of 25 and 34. America formerly held the top spot.

According to an article from The Huffington Post: "Throughout America, popular opinion on college is shifting: More people now see it as an unnecessary waste of money, a new survey reveals." 

The NYTimes wonders why we spend so much effort on attracting & preparing Freshmen & forget the Sophomores. The drop out rate is too high.
While access to college has been the major concern in recent decades, over the last year, college completion, too, has become a leading item on the national agenda. [...]
While almost 70 percent of high school graduates in the United States enroll in college within two years of graduating, only about 57 percent of students who enroll in a bachelor’s degree program graduate within six years, and fewer than 25 percent of students who begin at a community college graduate with an associate’s degree within three years.
The [...] first five recommendations all concern K-12 education, calling for more state-financed preschool programs, better high school and middle school college counseling, dropout prevention programs, an alignment with international curricular standards and improved teacher quality. College costs were also implicated, with recommendations for more need-based financial aid, and further efforts to keep college affordable.
The Wall Street Journal's headline for its article is: "Fewer Americans See College as Good Investment"
Most Americans — 42.8% — said this year that saving for their own retirement was more important than saving for their child’s college education, indicating an increase from last year’s 40.7%. Consequently, the proportion of those who prioritized saving for their child’s education decreased — to 40.7% this year from 47% last year. This year, 16.5% said they were not sure, marking the greatest uncertainty over the last four years.
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