"The sad fact is that less than half of all Americans who start college ever finish"
(The Atlantic, June 12)
"College dropouts have debt but no degree"
(The Washington Post, May 28)
"Education analysts raise new concern: dropouts with debt"
(The Boston Globe, May 29)
These are just a few recent headlines and comments about our nation's college completion crisis and unsustainable student debt situation.
Among the statistics these articles cite:
- Half of college dropouts said work was a major factor in their decision. (Public Agenda, 2009)
- Just about three out of every ten dropouts left with student loans. (Public Agenda, 2009)
As a rare source illuminating students' voices on higher education, Public Agenda's seminal report, "With Their Whole Lives Ahead of Them," remains deeply influential in the national conversation about education.
But students don't just talk about the problem; they offer solutions - and we should listen to what they have to say.
Can we incorporate the voice of every stakeholder
to end the college completion crisis?
Check out Public Agenda's infographic: "The Completion Crisis: What Students Have to Say," and join the conversation to find a solution.
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