The public pins most of the blame for poor college graduation
rates on students and their parents and gives a pass to colleges, government officials and others. That's one of the findings of a new Associated Press-Stanford University poll.
All sectors of American higher education received high marks for
quality. That extends to for-profit colleges, despite recent
criticism of dubious recruiting tactics, high student loan default
rates and other problems at some schools.
Michael Kirst, professor emeritus of education and business
administration at Stanford, says the belief that students are most at fault for graduation rates is a troubling sign for reformers who have been pushing colleges to improve graduation rates.