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College Dropout

College dropout has emerged as a central issue in American higher education, becoming a key focus of the research community as well as that of post-secondary practitioners and education policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels. Current college dropout rates have lasting effects on the dropouts themselves, the economy, and the future of state and federal financial assistance policy for higher education. This entry discusses these effects and the influences in whether students complete college, including the level of commitment to their goals and the institution, student characteristics, financial aid, and working while in college. It ends with a discussion of current ideas to reduce the college dropout rate.

Dropout Rates

Current figures from the U.S. Department of Education show that while college enrollment has swelled ...

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