Valuable insights from Lynn O’Shaughnessy
a nationally recognized college expert.
April 15, 2010
College Graduation Rates: Beware of Wildly Different Grad Rates
Here’s a grim college graduation rate statistic: Fewer than 60% of college students graduate in six years. Of course, noncompetitive schools, which accept nearly all comers, drag down the national graduation rates. For instance, only 12.1% of students at Mountain State University in Beckley, WV, which accepts all its applicants, graduate in six years. In contrast, 96.8% of Harvard students...
September 1, 2009
What Are the Chances of Graduating In Four Years?
As I mentioned yesterday, most teenagers don’t know how to truly evaluate colleges and universities. Finding the right academic fit, however, is crucial, which is why this week I’m going to be sharing my favorite tools to research colleges. Today I’m focusing on CollegeResults.org. CollegeResults.org, which you’ll find on the Education Trust’s website, provides the four-, five- and six-year graduation...
June 18, 2009
Blaming College Students for Not Graduating in Six Years
I know a bunch of parents who expect their teenagers to graduate from college in four years. Many of them are dreaming. Forty percent of students can’t even graduate from college in six years! Colleges and universities often blame students for this dismal record. But if it’s the kids who are slackers, how come schools with similar academic profiles experience...