Stories on famous college dropouts like Lady Gaga, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg are commonplace. So is "stopout." "Stopouts" drop out of college, then re-enroll.
Toby Park, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy at Florida State University, recently studied 38,000 community college students in Texas who first enrolled in 2000.
Park found among community college students — which make up 45% of undergraduates — 94% stopout at least once.
Celeste Brewer, now in her fourth semester at Miami Dade College, stopped out of both the University of Florida and Santa Fe Community College. Working took precedence over studying.