The Diploma Dilemma

Diploma-Dilemma

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The Diploma Dilemma

DID YOU KNOW?

• 30% of college and university students drop out after their first year…

• About 50% never graduate…

• Today’s U.S. college dropouts are more likely to be men…

• 57% of all graduates are women…

• The success rate of students taking traditional brick and mortar classes versus online classes are similar in colleges nationwide…

• If four-year college attendees who dropped out had begun their postsecondary careers at a two-year college, they’d have had a significantly higher completion success rate…

• the number of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions is approximately 21 million…

• The percentage of full-time students at four-year institutions who complete a bachelor’s degree in four years is only 37.9%, and the completion rate after six years is only 58.3%…

• Associate’s degree holders earn about 15 to 24% more income over their lifetimes as opposed to high school only graduates…

• In 2010, associate’s degree holders earned an average of two dollars per hour higher than those who had dropped out of college…


OVERALL STUDENT DROPOUT FACTORS

Money Problems
• Overwhelming Loan Debt

• Need Full-Time Job

• Unexpected Expenses

• No Parental Financial Support


Stress of Life
• Illnesses

• Family Issues

• Failed Relationships

• Rigors of Everyday Life


Trying To Do Too Much
• More Classes Than Can Be Handled

• Too Many Extra-curricular Activities

• Working Full-Time and School Full-Time


Realizing You’ve Chosen The Wrong Career Path
• Change in Academic Interest

• Boredom with Current Path


Poor Preparation
• Not Doing Your Pre-College “Homework”

• Underestimating Workload

• Shoddy Organizational Skills

• Classes Were Too Difficult


Taking an Extended Break
• Study Habits Broken

• Just Never Returns


ONLINE/DISTANCE LEARNING STUDENT DROPOUT FACTORS

• Lack of Discipline

• Lack of Self-Motivation

• Working Alone

• Self-Paced with No Concrete Deadlines

• Poorly Constructed Online Courses

• Unresponsive/Non-Titillating Professors


HOW TO STAY MOTIVATED

• Organize Work Papers

• Sleep Well

• Reward Yourself

• Keep Lists of Goals and Keep Them

• Stay Healthy

• Become Inspired – Change Scenery, Take Walks

• Don’t Procrastinate

• Get a Study Buddy

• Create a Steady Routine

• Think Positive


FAST FACTS

• The younger you are when you begin college actually increases your chances of retention…

• Being a full-time student increases your chances of graduation…

• About ⅔ of all college students graduate with student loan debts…

• Most student loan debt is held by families with a net worth of $8,500 or less…


GIVE THEM WHAT THEY WANT!

• Allow part-time students to qualify for more financial aid assistance…

• Offer more weekend and evening courses…

• Cut the costs of tuition, fees and textbooks…

• Provide childcare…

• 60% of students said they would not attend a college if it does not offer free wifi…

• Offer AMENITIES!!…

• Invest in teaching professors HOW to teach in an online environment…


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