I was accepted into University of Wisconsin with a high GPA and SAT score out of high school. My first semester at college, I posted a 0.0 GPA. Wisconsin placed me on academic probation, and my parents recognized that something was seriously wrong. I went into treatment.
Forty-six percent of all college graduates fail to finish their four-year degrees. Something is wrong with that. That’s a large number of kids. They don’t all have a supportive family like I do. I’m lucky.
We can do better. We can be there, better, for them.
A thoughtful comment from a smart therapist I know got me wondering; why don’t they take attendance in college? OK not in lecture halls, but, what about discussion groups run by TA’s?
Shouldn’t three weeks of absence trigger a series of actions? The only plausible explanation for extended absence is … bad.
Half of your student body failing or dropping out every two years is … bad. Make no mistake, college is a business. This seems like smart business practice to me.
Why are we pretending that attendance is beneath college? Because college students are supposed to be grown up? Grown-ups aren’t even grown-up. That’s why I don’t watch the news.