Education: Flunked Out

The U.S. was feeling proud of itself on one count—more of its citizens had been getting to college than ever before. But how many stayed the course? Last week Vice President Archibald Macintosh of

Haverford College gave a disturbing answer. He had just completed a survey, Behind the Academic Curtain,* of the 655 liberal-arts colleges throughout the U.S. His findings: of the thousands of students who enter college each year, more than half drop out before graduation.

Even to such an experienced college man as Macintosh, the figure was shocking. Most of the students, Macintosh found, dropped out because of academic failure; and...

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