If a student doesn’t graduate, whose fault is it?

If a student doesn’t graduate, is it their fault, or the institution’s?

Reported by Education Dive, a new study from Third Way and Global Strategy Group shows that the vast majority of higher education administrators believe the government should withhold federal funding from institutions if their graduation rates fall below 15%, if they don’t spend at least 1/3 of tuition revenue on instruction, or if their graduates don’t out-earn students with a high school diploma. This study comes as congressional leaders are debating new provisions for the reauthorized Higher Education Act.

The takeaway? There seems to be broad appeal for financially penalizing poor performing institutions, but would that change also result in decreased access for lower-income students as institutions seek to lower their drop-out risk?

May you continue to fight the good enrollment growth fight at your institution today, and we’ll see you again tomorrow.

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Eric Olsen

Eric brings more than a decade of award-winning creative brand development, marketing analytics and higher education experience to Helix Education. Eric is a graduate of Bradley University and earned his MBA at Lewis University.