Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Can't Complete High School? Go Right to College - New York Times

Here is a very interesting story from the NYTimes (reg. required). Read about how students who haven't graduated from high school make up 2% of all college students (not including home schoolers!)

It is a story about what is happening in New York. Are such things happening here in Wisconsin?

Can't Complete High School? Go Right to College - New York Times


S.B. said...

I know someone who didn't graduate HS (and hadn't yet completed the GED) who was offered admission to a UW two-year college. So, yes, apparently it's happening.

Anonymous said...

WHAT???? This enrages me...I teach at one of the UW 2-years, and was assured by our student services office that this would *never* happen. Gah.

lammrers said...

I would not want to see it become common, but I could see making exceptions on a case-by-case basis for non-traditional students.

After all, so many high school graduates are ill-prepared to do college-level work, that possession of a high school diploma is not a good predictor of collegiate success anyway. I think a dedicated high school dropout might have a better chance of success than a B-average high school graduate who cuts classes and goes out to party four nights a week.

If such folks can do the work asked of them and profit from it, what does it matter if they skipped a hurdle?

Anonymous said...

This is not new, some liberal arts colleges have been doing this for years, mostly on a case by case basis. There are some good reasons why a college might choose to accept someone who has not finished high school. Of course, in most cases, colleges should require a high school diploma. My point is that you should not dismiss this out of hand.

Tom Bickford

Lake Winneblogo said...

The point of the article was not so much that non-traditional students are being admitted, as that students who had failed to complete high school seem to be continuing on to college.

I have to believe that we may be faced with increasing pressure to do such things, with the Chancellor's grand plans for increasing enrollment from an ever-shrinking pool of applicants.

S.B. said...

To be fair, I went back and checked facts with the person in question, and the UW offered to let her "make up" the credits she was missing from dropping out of HS. I don't know if that means taking remedial courses or what.

I also know someone who was offered admission to Lawrence (in the music program) at the end of her junior year, and she took classes her first year there that also "made up" for the credits she was missing from her senior year - so technically she graduated high school at the end of her first year of college. She didn't drop out, but it's the same idea.