The state of Georiga isn’t exactly known for being the best in academics, but I will say this–students are going to college. In fact, did you know that the state has actually increased College and University enrollement by nearly 100,000 in the past ten years? Go figure. I came across this information in a short blurb in The Huffington Post, and a few other informational tidbits included in the piece piqued my interest.
Based on facts found in a survey conducted by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, apparently six out of ten college students actually graduate in Georgia. Sure, these graduation rates are little bit higher at the large, public schools like The University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) and Georgia State University, but the problem’s still there. Why are students not finishing school?
Officials have said the drop out rates can be blamed on budget cuts and lack of student support, but I think there’s more to this issue. Sure, make your jokes about Georgia, but examine the issue on a national level — Georgia colleges cannot be the only higher educational programs suffering from the combination of problems the University head honcho’s are blaming.
But is the rate even a problem? I see "60 percent," and being a Georgia native who grew up in a rather large and diverse school system myself, I’m simply glad to see any percentage about the state’s educational system that’s above 50.
Here’s another thought: Perhaps the people quitting are just quitters.
How often do you see anyone actually finish something they set their mind to? College classes and studies ask for a certain level of commitment from an individual who’s interested in getting a degree, and eventually (hopefully), a pretty good job one day. I feel like college is goal oriented–whether it be to party on Greek row every weekend or to wake up in time for your final– and the people who are ultimately successful by finishing their degree requirements (It’s called "graduating") are the same people that will do well in whatever career field they choose.
Do you think a business, or any career industry, wants to weed out the failing 40 percent of those non-college grads in the job market? Getting a job is already too difficult in the current economic climate, why should other students suffer?
Now, in all fairness, a fraction of people finding themselves unable to finish their degrees unfortunately run into financial trouble. One thing about college is that it is expensive, and sometimes the money just fizzles out. It’s sad, but if a committed person is plagued with money woes, there are still opportunities for them to succeed in any career path they take. It’s effort that truly matters.
So, instead of accepting the "low" graduation rate at these Georgia schools, officials have decided to tackle the "problem."
How, you ask?
Well, Georgia State University said they improved their graduation rates by placing an upperclassmen in the tough classes with younger students. By essentially acting as a tutor, the upperclassman’s influence supposedly helped. What was in it for the helpful, older student?
Georgia Gwinnett College, a small school started in 2005 out of Lawrenceville, is actually making professors call students if they miss a certain number of classes.
I’m sorry, but when did college warp back to the days of middle school and high school? Is the student’s mom going to check their math homework, too?
Be adults, people. Go to class, get a degree, and get a job. The end.
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