Preparing for College

Do You Measure Up?

I thought I was well prepared for college. My children were well prepared too. However, that's not the case for many high schoolers who will enter college classrooms this fall. If such statistics were available, it would be helpful to know what percentage of your high school's graduates go on to four-year colleges every year, plus what percentage of them remain in college through graduation. The attrition rate is a good benchmark for how well your high school prepares its students to survive the rigors of higher education.

There's new information about this topic that should be disturbing, not only to aspiring collegians but also for public school administrators and their boards. As a new report disturbingly shows, "It has been the dirty little secret of higher education for decades: Tens of thousands of college students can't do the work." What's going on here?

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