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The Gap Year

The December 29 Wall Street Journal featured a story about students who take a “gap” year between high school and college. The story itself is not particularly informative (some kids like it, some don’t), but featuring a year off as an alternative to the steady march to college is a good one. Anything we can do to help young people be more “intentional” (to use a popular phrase) about college once they arrive is a step forward.

Jane S. ShawJane S. Shaw retired as president of the John W. Pope Center for Higher Education Policy in 2015. Before joining the Pope Center in 2006, Shaw spent 22 years in ...

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