40 percent of college freshman have to take remedial classes.[a]
Of those who enter high school, only about 70 percent will graduate - one of the lowest rates among industrialized nations. As important, however, is the fact that, of those who do receive a diploma, only half are academically prepared for postsecondary education.[b]
While 2.8 million students enroll in some form of higher education each year, most do not proceed straight through to graduation. Only one in five of those who enroll in two-year institutions earn an associate degree within three years, and only two in five of those who start four-year colleges complete their degree within six years.[c]
[a] Alliance for Excellent Education. (2006, August). Paying double: Inadequate high schools and community college remediation. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED510936).
[b] ~ "Paying Double: Inadequate High Schools and Community College Remediation", Alliance for Excellent Education, Issue Brief, August 2006
[c] Lewin, T. (2009, December 9). College dropouts cite low money and high stress. The New York Times. Retrieved October 19, 2010, from http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/education/10graduate.html?_r=1