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Why some students quit college - and how they can finish

Dave_BerryDave_Berry CC Admissions Expert Posts: 2,438 Senior Member
"... Programs like Tennessee Reconnect are available in more than 20 communities across 13 states — students can find one near them through The Graduate! Network's website. Those who don't have access to free help can navigate the process independently by following these tips:

— Contact your original school's admissions, advising or registrar's office to find out what you need to do to finish your degree.

— Consider other schools, particularly if you had a bad experience at your previous institution. If you need a more flexible class schedule, explore options including online or hybrid programs, which mix online and in-person classes." ...


Replies to: Why some students quit college - and how they can finish

  • juilletjuillet Super Moderator Posts: 11,944 Super Moderator
    I think one of the biggest problems a lot of students who quit have is they make assumptions - about how much money they can get, about whether the school will accept them back, about whether or not other colleges will take their credits - rather than reaching out and asking someone. Programs like this are good because they encourage students to get out there and ask.
    — Look for a college that offers a prior learning assessment program if you plan to study in a field you've already worked in, says Lexi Anderson, a policy analyst at Education Commission of the States, a Denver-based organization focused on state-level education policy. You may be able to earn college credit for experience and skills you already have.

    But be careful with this. There are a lot of expensive for-profit schools that prey on students precisely through offering credit for "skills earned" or past experiences. The unfortunate truth is many (perhaps most) reputable colleges don't provide credit for things other than coursework, exams, or approved internships.
  • OnwardUpward6OnwardUpward6 Registered User Posts: 5 New Member
    When I have a client who wants to finish their degree, we start the college counseling process from the beginning in the sense that we focus at first on what kind of life they really want to have. We build a vision based on who they are now and where they want to be at various points in their life. We build a vision of an ideal career. While many students start out with fantastical or unrealistic ideas, over several discussions they envision careers that are not only realistic for them but also much more exciting for them because they fit the clients very well.

    Once we have the career visions and lifestyle visions worked out, we can look at options for getting the qualifications needed as well as work options, networking options and other things they can do to build a framework for making their visions reality.

    It's very true that many people do not go back to finish degrees because they have false beliefs about barriers to success. Rather than "going back," I urge them to "go forward" and not assume that they must return to their former college or major. They may do so, but it's not a given. Generally, when people free themselves of the assumptions that hold them back, they can stand tall and move forward.

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