Sunday, May 26, 2019
The hidden statistic that should worry us most
From The Atlantic:
The statistic that should worry us most is this one: According to a 2014 study by Gallup and Purdue University, only 3 percent of students have the kind of transformative experience in college that fosters personal success and happiness. Three percent. Even as the pressure of college admissions haunts students throughout their adolescence, whispering premature anxiety into questions of what to learn and how to spend time, the admissions process as we know it often misses the heart of the matter: What kind of education is really worth investing in? What is it that students should be doing, not just to get into college but to succeed there and live a good life after they graduate?
College Viability Commentary: The article goes on to suggest the three factors present in the successful 3%. We offer that a continued run of stories like this one will continue to haunt the efforts of smaller and private colleges to attract students at a tuition rate that will keep these colleges in business.
At some point, those alumni and others who can afford to subsidize operations with financial gifts will grow weary or unable.