College Drop Outs
A growing problem in our society today is students attending college for a short time and then eventually dropping out. Some studies say that the reason for this growing problem is simply because students are not ready for a college level of education right out of high school. For some students, getting accepted to a university is only the first step in an uphill battle toward a degree. Persevering long enough to graduate can be just as challenging. Students who are well prepared for college coursework are more likely to stay in school. Some studies have indicated that a considerable proportion of college dropouts come from low-income families. Some students decide to drop out because college was not what they expected either academically, socially, or both. College drop outs usually also suffer from inadequate preparation, poor study skills, and lack of motivation.
College dropouts or non-graduates make up one of the largest fastest growing groups of young adults in America. Some people drop out in order to work and make money. Others drop out because they got pregnant or their spouse or girlfriend got pregnant. The phenomenon has been largely overlooked in the glare of positive news about the country's gains in education. About one in every three Americans that are in their mid-twenties falls into the group of college dropouts. About 41 percent of low-income students entering a four-year college managed to graduate within five years. The Department of Education found in a study last year that 66 percent of high-income students did graduate.
Dropping out of college is not a negative thing for everyone; there are a large number of people who have been very successful in life and dropped out of college. For example, Bill Gates, one of the richest men in the world, attended Harvard, one of the most prestigious colleges in the country, and dropped out in 1976. Michael Dell, the owner of Dell computers, attended Texas University, dropped out,...