Phi Beta Cons

College Dropouts

Mark Schneider writing for AEI:

While we spend more than other countries, and while we have a disproportionate number of the world’s greatest universities, these international figures reveal a soft underbelly to the U.S. system of postsecondary education. The extent to which American higher education as a whole is failing to live up to its reputation as the world’s best is demonstrated further by looking at college graduation rates. In this analysis, we begin with a simple strategy: using high school graduation rates as a benchmark against which to compare college graduation rates. If there is virtually universal agreement that American high schools are failing, how do our colleges and universities measure up against such a low benchmark? …

The answer is that the low high school graduation rates that have long been decried as a failure of America’s education system are mirrored in even lower college graduation rates.

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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