Meeting Students Where They Are
When a student thinks about the “best” colleges in America, it is almost surely the Ivy League institutions that come to mind. What is often overlooked is that the best school for one type of student may well not be the best school for all. While top schools pride themselves on accepting the “cream of the crop”— and that is all— there are some schools turning this way of thinking on its head. At Johnson C. Smith University and Delaware State University, serving students who may have performed poorly in high school, or have low SAT scores is a top priority. Encouraging and working with these students, they feel, is critical because the rigorous selection process used by ivy league schools neglects to realize how many gifted students have not been given the opportunity to excel. Further, by reaching out and working with students who may not initially meet the criteria to be accepted into college, these schools are investing in our future as a nation. While more people are attending some form of higher learning facility than ever before, the drop out rate is high. A student who is raised in a wealthy household is eight times more likely to earn a bachelors degree by age 24 than their low income counterpart. And, by 2025 two thirds of all jobs in America will require education beyond a high school diploma. At the current rate of graduation, this will leave a shortfall of 11 million jobs to be filled over the next ten years. Many high schoolers leave their respective high school with a diploma, but without the skills needed to complete a college education. When colleges do not put forth the effort to meet these students where they are, they effectively leave them behind. With the aforementioned shortfall of skilled workers our nation is facing, we cannot afford to bypass any students who may be more than capable of rising to the occasion, obtaining a degree, and in the future holding one of these jobs. See complete article HERE.