Who says Connecticut has lost its manufacturing base?

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But not THAT much

Study: Over half of Connecticut private colleges are “dropout factories”.

Seven of Connecticut’s 13 private, non-profit colleges are graduating fewer than two-thirds of the student body. That’s according to an analysis of federal data by Third Way, a Washington D.C.-based think tank.

But some private colleges are doing much better than others. At Trinity College, for example, nearly 85 percent of students end up graduating. But at the University of Bridgeport, seven out of ten students don’t graduate.

A big difference between schools like Trinity and ones like Bridgeport is the students they enroll. Nearly half of students who go to Bridgeport are low income and are getting federal Pell grant money. But at Trinity, barely one in 10 students fit that category.

This is the case among many of Connecticut’s private colleges — some take lots of low income students, some take very few. Those that take a few tend to be the elite universities, and they also tend to have higher graduation rates.

Hiler suggested that this has pushed lots of low income students into schools that don’t have the resources to make sure these students can graduate.

“In a way, there is a case to be made that a lot of these elite institutions are perhaps perpetuating inequality in this country  by not doing more to take in more low and moderate income students,” Hiler said.

Maybe those Social Justice Warriors at Yale should drop out and make room for the slum dwellers they profess to be so concerned about.

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9 responses to “Who says Connecticut has lost its manufacturing base?

  1. Cos Cobber

    And maybe too many are attending college when they should be attending a vocational program.

    College education is a big business under the false banner of “non profit.”

    The reason people drop out is multifaceted, but one of those reasons is because even the poor pell student can see the ROI is not there. No one is hiring a University of Bridgeport Grad for anything substantive.

    • Cos Cobber

      Btw, when unprepared students attend a credible university and then enter the real world with their underwhelming IQ intact, what happens to the value of that degree? Yes, it declines. If Trinity takes the unqualified, then the degree will loose value.

      • Or, to quote Gresham’s Law*, “Bad money drives out good”.

        *The theory holding that if two kinds of money in circulation have the same denominational value but different intrinsic values, the money with higher intrinsic value will be hoarded and eventually driven out of circulation by the money with lesser intrinsic value.

  2. These peeps are looking in the wrong place for the bad guy. It is the substandard urban public school systems that are “graduate factories” producing non functioning illiterates whose supporters tell these poorly educated students that it is their right to go to college. They do so and the results are no surprise. This study also clashes with recent research that indicates that lower performing students who are admitted to competitive/elite colleges are likely to under-perform (an understatement) and would have been more successful if they had gone to a college that more suited their academic profile. The fact that elite/competitive colleges have high graduation rates in part is testament to grade inflation and weak curriculum.

    • back country fixer

      I agree with Publius to a point. Definitely agree on the public high school “graduate factories”… and while elite colleges may have grade inflation and weak curricula, the less-than-competitive colleges have the same m.o., perhaps even more so. Face it, these days it’s extremely hard to “flunk out” of college no matter where you go–you have to pretty much do so on purpose. So I think the higher drop out rates are due to factors other than grade inflation and weak curricula.
      Actually attending classes and focusing for 4 years (or even 2) is beyond the inclination of most people used to getting something for nothing, or at the very least, who are used to instant gratification. If you can’t do that at a minimum, you’re not going to succeed in any workforce.

      • Beantown

        Publius is right on target, yet again. Sorry for the ass-kissing, but Publius’ substantive posts is one of the reasons I read this blog. And Walt, of course, when he’s not getting into silly back-and-forths and ins and outs and what-have-yous with AJ.

        • I have often said that the comments section holds much of the best content of this blog, and Publius’ contributions are a huge part of that, so agreed.

  3. burningmadolf

    The University of Bridgeport. Hahahahahahaha.

    So you think the goal of this Third Way is everyone becomes third world?

  4. Mickster

    I totally agree with the Pman and CCer but, as someone who has spent and borrowed a not-so-small fortune to ‘educate’ my 2 brats in the finest this country has to offer, I would go even further and call the whole US educational system the biggest scam of our generation.
    It has enslaved,to this point, two generations with unsustainable debt and most with worthless degrees, in jobs that HS graduates would previously have had. What the for-profit companies are doing is nothing short of criminal and totally geared towards the poorest element of society. The lower tier of non-profit colleges are not far behind, offering worthless diplomas and years of debt, backstopped by DC. CRIMINAL.
    And to CCer’s point, why isn’t it possible to have a worthwhile vocational education system? Unions?