In “Many Dallas-Fort Worth graduates struggle in college” (The Dallas Morning News, 08:36 AM CDT, Sunday, August 9, 2009), Holly K. Hacker writes:
They passed their TAKS exit exams and collected their high school diplomas – yet a troubling number of Texas students struggle their first year in college.
At some North Texas high schools, half or more of graduates who go to college earn less than a C average their first year, based on a Dallas Morning News analysis of state data.
And college students who stumble in their freshman year are more likely to call it quits.
“It’s a serious problem, and it’s not something you can dismiss casually because a lot of students are stunned when they arrive on a college campus,” said Raymund Paredes, the state’s higher education commissioner.
Paredes and others see a major disconnect between expectations set in high school and those in college. State lawmakers and education officials say new rules, laws and programs should help bridge that gap – but there’s still more that public schools and colleges can do.
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Note: The Dallas Morning News provided a link to a “full state report” (as a pdf) with the article.