Could Low Graduation Rates Be Fatal – to Institutions

The City Where Diploma Dreams Go to Die – Commentary – The Chronicle of Higher Education. by Kevin Carey

This is another single-measure assessment of higher education institutions with political implications.  The comments unpack some of the complexities behind “graduation rates”. [Guess what — access to money is a factor in student retention.  Who knew?]

My first impulse is to ask “What’s so special about graduating?  How much better educated — better able to contribute to humanity — is a person who graduates than a person who ends up a quarter-credit shy (like my wife)?”

Then I think, “If the institution lives by credentialing, it had better be ready to die by credentialing,” which is essentially Carey’s point.

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