Education: The Famous Dropouts

If staying longer to learn more is a wholesome trend at U.S. colleges, it is not necessarily the only path to real achievement. Fame and success can also come to the 60% of all U.S. collegians who quit the campus where they started. Case in point: Scott Carpenter.

Astronaut Carpenter twice flunked out of the University of Colorado. Yet last week, when Colorado gracefully gave him his B.S. in aeronautical engineering, President Quigg Newton aptly explained: "For years to come, his example of courage and character, and of what a man can make of...

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