Being the typically boring person I am, I was reading through the legal mumbo jumbo at the bottom of each board post while waiting for a thread to load. While reading up on the Chicago Reader’s Advertising rates, this quote jumped out of the page:
According to the July 2003 MediaMark survey, while 51% of people have attended college, only 24% have graduated. Natuarally, being a bit sceptical, I dug further. From the US Census Website (table 1), We get after a bit of calculation, 48% of people attending college and 30% graduating. Obviously, there are people currently attending college who should not be counted in these figures.
Subtracting these people from our statistics, we get roughly 33% of people passing college and 15% of people who drop out. Or rather, 31% of the people who have ever attended college have or will have dropped out at some stage.
Granted, its less than the 50% the Reader was citing but it’s still, IMHO, an alarming number. Should we be concerned at such a high attrition rate? What are the main reasons that college students disappear in such large droves? Is this rate comparable with other developed countrys?