Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Mote in Bob's Eye

From the Purdue Exponent:

Purdue’s six-year graduation rate has increased from 68 percent to 72 percent over the last four years.

Those numbers demonstrate that Purdue is ahead of the national average. A recent study by the American Enterprise Institute, a conservative think tank, found that American four-year colleges graduate 53 percent of entering students within six years.
The University of Minnesota's number is what, 55%? Well at least we meet the Lake Wobegon standard of (slightly) above average. Madison's number is 79 and Illinois 80. Even Ohio State and Pitt, who share some of the same institutional challenges, clock in at 62 and 65%. Michigan State is at 71% and Michigan is 85%.

Sounds like we've got a lot of work to do in this important area. Maybe we should use for this purpose the resources being siphoned off to become the top three yadda, yadda?

Maybe a new administrative post could be created? Let's see - how about Associate VP for External Intelligence Gathering And Educational Policy Espionage. Wow that must be worth at least $250K per annum.

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