That Graduation-Rate Nonsense Strikes Again

by George Leef

Today’s Inside Higher Ed has a story about attacks on community colleges in Texas for having low graduation rates.

As usual, the assumption is that it is an obligation of the school to make sure that most students graduate. It isn’t the school’s obligation. Students who do what is required will graduate. Those who, for whatever reason, do not, won’t.

One thing we’ve learned in recent years — and underscored by the OWS protests around the country — is that having a degree (community college, four-year, masters, doctorate . . . ) is no guarantee of finding employment. It’s also no guarantee of having learned anything of value. Let’s stop treating high graduation rates as an important social goal.