My blog discusses the important and complex subjects of college completion, college success, student risk factors (for failing), college readiness, and academic preparation. I will explore the pieces of the college puzzle that heavily influence, if not determine, college success rates.
USA College Graduation Rate Became Flat in 1980
From 1940 until 1980 the college graduation rate went up at a significant amount each year. But college completion rates stopped growing in 1980 and have barely moved since then. The number of college grads is up because of growing youth population, but not the rate of growth. Seven countries have surpassed the USA in percent of college graduates in the age 25-34 population. Despite these trends I still hear from the media and college leaders that the US has the best higher education system in the world, but k-12 stinks.
The US needs to wake up and understand the causes and extent of this problem. This blog has presented many reasons for this and more is coming. For college graduation rates see Digest of Education Statistics , National center for Education Statistics, starting with p.17 of the 1996 issue and continuing each year.
Labels: College Completion