Blog: Education by the Numbers

The problem in judging colleges by graduation rates

Karen Gross, President of Southern Vermont College, has an interesting piece on on why it’s not a good idea to judge a university or college by its graduation rate and the prospective earnings of its graduates.

“…elite institutions, absent some adjustment, would rank higher than non-elite institutions on graduation rates without any explanation as to why that is occurring. And the lower graduation rate of less-elite institutions may be at least partially explained by the lack of preparedness of their students. For some students and their colleges, a graduation rate of 40 percent is success, not failure.”


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