Education: When in Doubt, Stop Out

More and more students are hitting the road instead of the books

Harvard's daily, the Crimson, publishes a news digest titled "The Real World." Traditionally, that was a place undergraduates had to wait many years to see firsthand. But now more and more students, finding that it is a long way from kindergarten to graduate school, are "stopping out," as educators put it. At Stanford, almost a quarter of all students take at least one leave of absence. The stop-out rate at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania has ranged between 43% and 56% in recent years....

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