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Some College, No Degree: Why So Many Americans Drop Out of College and What To Do About It

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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Everyone knows there's a high school dropout problem in the United States, but the college dropout rate is worse. Nearly a quarter of American adults started college but didn't finish - about 37 million people. Now they're being left behind in an economy increasingly focused on workers with degrees. American RadioWorks producer Emily Hanford examines why so many people start college but don't graduate, what's being done to bring them back, and whether a college degree is the answer for everyone. 

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Lisa from Queens

"...economy increasingly focused on workers with degrees"???? What kinds of jobs are actually out there that are focusing on workers with degrees? The media reports that I saw regarding last spring's grads said that they were mostly finding low level burger flipping, big box retail jobs. Was these reports misleading, or are degree-requiring jobs really few and far between?

Sep. 17 2011 01:57 PM
V L W

Sixty percent of the populace went to college in the 60's, whereas, now we are down to 24%. Not everyone is capable of going to college and that number seems to be going down. Our High Schools no longer prepare students for a high-end University, unless it is a good private school.
There are many reasons for this, primarily the fact that women can now do anything, so they choose better careers then teaching will pay. Raise the salaries of teachers and you might get better teachers. But the real problem is the main streaming of students, which deprives the more advantage students of getting the education that I obtained. A teacher cannot teach an AP level class with students that are several grade levels behind. This ruined our educational system, so those parents who could afford a private school sent their children to get a good education. The public system is now relegated to the general masses and that is exactly what we have today: a general education.
I do not think it can be fixed unless we can separate the students based on their educational qualities.

Sep. 17 2011 12:33 PM

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