The College Dropout Crisis
David Leonhardt and Sahil Chinoy, The New York Times
Why do some colleges do so much better than others when it comes to college completion? Part of the answer involves structure. Many colleges publish “degree road maps” that guide students through a course of study. And more colleges are pushing students to take enough classes to graduate in four years, instead of thinking of college as open-ended.
Other institutions collect data on their students, study that data, and use it to remove hurdles for students. They deepen students’ connections to other people on campus.