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- "Graduation rate performance". This is a problematic factor, since it compares the actual graduating rate to the USANews's predicted graduation rate. This means that a school who graduated 95% while USANews's predicted a 93% rate would score lower than a school with a 55% graduation rate, which the USANews predicted would be 45%. The high a graduation rate a school has, the more likely it is that the score of the factor will be low. So this score is actually penalizing schools that regularly have high graduation rates.
How many kids have posted on CC that their dream was "to go to Harvard", without even knowing what they wanted to study or what they wanted to do in life?