On my radio show, I’ve repeatedly made the controversial point that it’s a terrible mistake to push all students who graduate from high school to go on to college.
A 2014 report showed that at public universities, an appalling 81% of full time students fail to graduate on time—and among the 580 major public universities, less than 10% graduated more than half their students in four years.
At two-year community colleges, the situation is even worse: 85% fail to get degrees or certificates on time, or may never earn them. What this means is that students who don’t belong in college accumulate huge debts with no career benefit. Paying for a few semesters of university while earning no degree won’t help in the job market. This record could even hurt, indicating problems at finishing what you’ve started.
Too many Americans are pressured into college today—young people who can’t gain practically from educational goals they won’t fulfill.