Monday, July 20, 2009

58% of all UTC Students never Graduate

How many more taxpayer and tuition dollars will we throw down this toilet before we demand better outcomes?


Like many regional universities with lower admissions standards, UTC accepts many students who might not get into other schools.

But once it gets them in, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga struggles to get them out with degrees.

UTC graduates only 42 percent of its students, far below the graduation rate of schools with similar admission standards, a new study shows.

“Schools often blame their students, saying that they are not well prepared and that their school’s mission is take unprepared students and give them a chance,” said Mark Schneider, vice president at the American Institutes for Research and author of the Diploma and Dropouts report.

“The problem with that argument is that there are schools that take on the same kind of students and are graduating many more of them,” he said.