11 worst public universities for graduation rates


The Fiscal Times says these eleven public universities have the worst graduation rates in the country. Can the taxpayers of these states and the USA as a whole, since taxes paid to the federal government support these universities and the vast majority of students who never graduate, afford to keep open these universities, which graduate between just 4% and 16.3% of their students? They do no favors for the students by offering them loans and then not having the students complete there degrees. And, it wastes taxpayers hard earned money. It’s easy to see how at some universities students are just passed on with little regard to performance; they simply want to have somebody — anybody — graduate.

Just 56 percent of college students complete four-year degrees within six years, according to a 2011 Harvard Graduate School of Education study. Among the 18 developed countries in the OECD, the U.S. was dead last for the percentage of students who completed college once they started it ― even behind Slovakia.

College dropouts tend to be male, and give reasons such as cost, not feeling prepared, and not being able to juggle family, school and jobs, according to the Harvard study. An American Institutes for Research report last year estimated that college dropouts cost the nation $4.5 billion in lost earnings and taxes.

Calculating college graduation rates isn’t an exact science – the data look at the number of incoming Bachelor’s degree-seeking students who graduate within six years, and dropouts include students who transfer to other schools. Still, the high number of dropouts is concerning. The following list is from calculations by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the 2010 year (the latest data available). We included only four-year accredited universities, and didn’t include schools with a high percentage of part-time students.

1. Southern University at New Orleans, La – Grad. rate: 4%
2. University of the District of Columbia, Washington DC – Grad. rate: 7.7%
3. Kent State University-East Liverpool, East Liverpool, Oh – Grad. rate: 8.9%
4. Rogers State University, Claremore Ok – Grad. rate: 11.5%
5. Texas Southern University, Houston, Tx – Grad. rate: 13.3%
6. Ohio University Southern Campus, Ironton, Oh – Grad. rate: 13.7%
7. Kent State University – Tuscarawas, Oh – Grad. rate: 13.9%
8. Purdue University North Central, Indiana – Grad. rate: 14%
9. Cameron University, Lawton, Ok – Grad. rate: 14.1%
10. Ohio University at Chillicothe – Grad. rate: 15.6%
11. Coppin State University, Baltimore, Md – Grad. rate: 16.3%

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A resident of the “30 square miles surrounded by reality,” I spend most of my time teaching economics and statistics to undergraduate students. I enjoy, naturally, economics and business, but also science (I was once an astronomical observatory assistant), politics, photography, food, travel and sports. Madison has grown quite a bit since 1978 when Governor Lee Dreyfus made that remark. According to Wikipedia, Madison is 67.3 square miles of land and 16 square miles of water. Visit http://thisgotmyattention.wordpress.com/about/ for one of my favorite views of the isthmus. Or, why not come visit us! http://visitmadison.com

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