Colleges look for ways to keep students from quitting before they graduate

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Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Looking back on her college days, Heather Norton has a memory of sitting in an auditorium with a bunch of other bright-eyed freshmen, listening to a long-forgotten administrator issue a sobering warning.

The students were urged to look at the person sitting to their left. And to their right.

At least one of you, they were told, won’t make it to graduation.

Those were the days when poorly prepared and unmotivated students were quickly weeded out by the rigors of classroom and campus life.

“That was pretty typical of that time,” said Norton, Fontbonne University’s interim associate vice president for academic affairs. “And that seemed OK with colleges for the most part.”

Not any more. 

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