Thursday, May 28, 2015

Looking Ahead to College: How to Succeed When So Many People Fail

Today in class we'll be taking a break from project work to consider a topic of direct importance to seniors bound for college: how to actually succeed when you get there. Many high school students, for very good reasons, focus a great deal on getting into college. While that is an obvious first step to obtaining a college degree, it is hardly the only (or the last) obstacle they will face. College dropout rates are alarmingly high, so it's worth considering how you might prepare to thrive once you arrive on campus.

Defining the Problem: What Obstacles do First-Year College Students Face? 

Message to My Freshman Students - Huffington Post, May 15, 2015 (If you are having trouble viewing the original post, try reading it within this Google Doc.)

Related: Skills Needed for Success in High School versus College

Dropping Out of College, And Paying the Price - New York Times,

Some College, No Degree (Radio Documentary; need headphones) - American Public Media

Who Gets to Graduate? New York Times, May 15, 2014

Wisconsin One of Few States Taking Up Higher Education Cuts, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, May 28, 2015

Why Poor Kids Don't Stay in College - Washington Post, Oct. 20, 2014

Why America's College Students Don't Graduate - The Fiscal Times, Dec. 19, 2011

The New Class Divide - The Economist, March 20, 2015

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