Grad rates low in U.S.

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Screenshot of The Oswegonian article written by Justine Polonski

February 28, 2013

OSWEGO, N.Y. – A recent report released by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation found that 46 percent of American college students do not graduate within six years of enrollment.

Dr. Elizabeth Schmitt, a professor in the department of economics at Oswego State, disputed the number given by this report due to some flaws in the collection of this data.

“Data that tracks full-time college students across their institutions (including transfer students) found a six-year graduation rate of 77 percent,” Schmitt said. “Overall completion rates are about 54 percent, but that includes part-time students that do have much lower graduations rates. This also gives us a clue as to the factors that lead to non-completion: life gets in the way. Part-time students are likely to face higher financial and scheduling challenges (family, job, military) that make it difficult to finish.” Continue reading

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