Why Students Fail in College
William H. Bigsby Jr.
Southern Nazarene University
25 April 2013
The society of the twentieth-first century has put an extremely high demand on attending and graduating college. Some basic employment opportunities today require a college degree, where close to ten to fifteen years ago, the only requirement was a high school diploma and acceptable ability to perform the specific task. However, the twentieth-first century college experience has become a challenge and the amount of individuals graduating is slowly declining year after year. It is obvious across the country that the hardest task of being a college student is actually staying and completing a degree. The experience of college has a great number of things to offer, but the experience can also change an individual’s life forever. Many scholars, college graduates and random individuals have suggested their variety of reasons on the success and failure in college. Among the large variety there has been large debate on the actual and/or legitimate reasons for the success and failure in college, therefore the purpose of this research project is to clarify and declare the realistic reasons for why student of the twentieth-first century succeed or fail in college.
The pursuit of higher education has spread across the world over the last twenty years and has become a social norm. Many students pursue college for the purpose of setting themselves up to succeed in the future. When setting themselves up to succeed it basically means preparation to possess a well-paying job and it can be done through studying different fields such as business, science and even athletics. However, due to the high percentage of people in enrolling in college, the percentage of people dropping out of college or failing college is just as high. In 2009, the New York Times published a title, “Which Colleges Are Doing Their Job?”, and David Leonhardt said, “Only 33 percent of the freshmen who enter the University of Massachusetts, Boston, graduate within six years. Less than 41 percent graduate from the University of Montana, and 44 percent from the University of New Mexico”. Yet according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics: Economic News Release, “Of the 3.2 million youth age 16 to 24 who graduated from high school in 2012, about 2.1 million (66.2 percent) were enrolled in college… 71.3 percent were young women and 61.3 percent were young men”. College failure is a rising issue and the reasons of why students are failing and/or dropping out of college must be addressed.
The core of an individual’s approach to life starts at home and with their family. The beliefs of many individuals come from their immediate family and what they were taught as a child. Among their approach to life people are influenced to do things and act a certain way based upon their family values. According to Thomas Kellaghan, author of National Assessments of Educational Achievement, “the family environment is the most powerful influence in determining students' school achievement, academic motivation, and the number of years of schooling they will receive”. Therefore, when students come from homes where education is a hobby instead of a demand, the possibility of them actually performing well is slim to none. When parents are not enforcing the success of the classroom at home, then the student without a doubt will approach school work and assignment as a joke. If there is a student in high school and his or her parents are demanding A and B average grades for rewards or household requirements, then that individuals has no choice but to strive to be successful. When there is pressure from a loving standpoint then the possibility of that student achieving A and B average grades is very possible. When there is a high school student whose parents do not really emphasize the importance of education, but rather on sports...
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