Not Enough of Us Are Graduating from College—And Here’s Why

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Two years ago my husband and I watched—nearly bursting with pride and joy—as our daughter was graduating from college. Any photo taken of me that day shows a ridiculous grin on my face—my happiness could not be contained. We were truly overjoyed, grateful, and proud.

But getting college students to the finish line isn’t easy—many start out, but only 59% graduate within six years, much less within four.

Although I completely agree with those who say that students need to work hard in school and party less, I’m also all for institutions doing what they can to make graduating more likely and eliminate unnecessary impediments—like requiring too many credits to complete a degree.

Dan Greenstein, director of postsecondary success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, wrote recently on his blog about how certain persistent myths affect today’s students and often thwart their chances of graduating on time.

He identifies the following myths:

  • College is not for everyone, and too many people are going to college.
  • Students don’t make it through college because they are not college material.
  • Income might be a barrier to a college degree, but race isn’t.

Here’s an excerpt from his blog post below.

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