Virginia has spent millions on college drop outs. According to the Richmond Times Dispatch:
Richmond, Va. —
Federal grants to those students totaled an additional $33.7 million, the American Institutes for Research says in a report being released today that looked at freshmen who didn’t return to four-year schools during the 2003 to 2008 academic years.
Nationally, those costs exceed $9 billion, said the report, which is intended to focus attention on institutional accountability at a time when the state and federal governments are seeking to increase the numbers of students who earn degrees.
Why are we spending this kind of money? When do we decide WHO CARES? If we are going to cut back on spending, here would be a great place to start.
Apparently Gov. McDonnell and I don’t agree on something else:
Tomorrow, Gov. Bob McDonnell’s commission on higher-education reform will meet to discuss proposals for streamlining operations while producing 100,000 additional associate and bachelor’s degrees over the next 15 years.
Cox said the freshman dropout rate is a problem that also must be addressed at the K-12 level because too many students need remedial help when they reach college.
Higher-education and K-12 initiatives will be the focus of the Governor’s Education Summit to be held Oct. 27 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan as the keynote speaker.
I am afraid I don’t buy the need for remedial help in 4 year colleges. Perhaps a better candidate should have been selected. Perhaps those students need to go to the community college where remedial classes are built into the program. Many students who are away from home for the first time simply get too big for their britches, spend too much time partying and drinking. They quickly get in over their heads. I am all for weeding out those who shouldn’t be there. Diplomas should be earned.
A more important study should be why the high school graduation rate is so low. Why are kids dropping out of high school, especially when state law says they are to go until age 18. Young people lacking the very basic skills is far more frightening than people who perhaps shouldn’t have been in a particular school in the first place. This kind of spending can go.