Where Are All of the High School Graduates?

Where Are All of the High School Graduates?

According to Arnie Duncan, the former U.S. Secretary of Education, America’s high school graduation rate has increased to over 82 percent for high school seniors during the 2013-2014 school years. Traditionally at-risk students are responsible for the biggest improvements in high-school completion

But according to Atlantic Magazine (1/11/2016) these students are not going to college. The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center suggests that college-enrollment rates have actually decreased- and for the fourth straight year. This is in spite of massive increase in federal aid for students who cannot afford tuition. The number of students enrolling in colleges and universities this is year is 1.7 percent lower than it was last year.

In previous years, college and university degrees assured a better life-long career and a more prosperous and prestigious life. For some graduates that is no longer the case. For the average student, their debt is $28,400 and without an assurance of employment. According to a Brooking’s Institute paper, ”a person’s major is much more an important driver of salaries that the institution they attended.” In fact, close to one third of American’s with associate degrees earn more than those with a bachelor’s degree, according to research done by the Georgetown workforce center. According to Anthony Carnevale, director of Georgetown University’s Center on Education and the Workforce, students need to be exposed to information concerning employment.