College Dropouts

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Dropout Problem in Higher Education

High Rates of Student Attrition in Colleges

The college class of 1966, now starting its freshman year, is probably the brightest in a long time, thanks to increasingly selective admissions policies. Thus an uncommonly low percentage of the members of the class may be expected to flunk out. This will be helpful to the many institutions of higher learning that have been plagued by high rates of student attrition. Loss of students is apt to be costly and administratively disrupting. If a college has an unusually high rate of student withdrawal, it may reflect unfavorably on the operations of its admissions office and on the efficacy of its educational program.

On the other hand, academic failure is not the reason, in the ...

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