A guided path to a degree | Joanne

Young people go to college to search for him/her/xe-self, explore, experiment, discover a passion . . . Or perhaps to retake algebra, stumble through classes that won’t fulfill a major, go into debt and drop out without a credential.

Flexibility leads to failure for most students at unselective two- and four-year colleges, writes Tina Rosenberg in the New York Times. Colleges have decided that structure leads to success. Many are creating “guided pathways” that help students choose a direction and pick the right courses. “Colleges also monitor students’ progress closely and intervene when…

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