This Saturday, I will graduate from the University of South Dakota, nearly 16 years since I started there. I’d dropped out in 2001 because of a missing calculus class, Forbes reports.

My dropout story is unusual in some ways — I was a Wall Street Journal reporter for nine years, got a master’s from Columbia University, and am teaching journalism at the college level — but it illustrates a broader issue: Nearly half of Americans who start four-year degree programs don’t finish them within six years. The US ranks middle of the pack in graduation rates among wealthier countries, a competitive problem that President Obama...

Subscribe to Read More

Are You an Educator?

Get Free online access to all our
news and resources and get
eCampus News Today email newsletter

About the Author:

eCampus News staff and wire reports