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College Dropouts

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Samantha Goldstein

on 27 April 2010

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Transcript of College Dropouts

Education Professionals High School Dropouts General Public Previous experiences with dropouts Scholarly literature on dropouts Personal experiences with dropouts Understanding of dropout process Social media on issue Friends and family who have dropped out Friends and family who have succeeded Portrayals of the dropout in popular culture Perceptions of dropouts (based in fact or assumptions) Personal experiences Personal experiences in education Perceived importance of education (high school or college) Work experience after dropping out Desire to attend college Time horizon (short vs. long) Perception of the support systems in place How they think they are viewed by others Input from friends, family, employers Op-Ed: Support dropouts in their
pursuit of higher education Why? Lack of resources for non-traditional students Community college websites not always
easy to navigate, discouraging Combat hopelessness Opportunity to improve personally
and professionally Few advocates for the high school
dropout Challenge that dropping out is always the wrong choice Encourage dialogue of action rather than despair (dead ends to dipolomas) Cultural and societal improvements Different stakeholders,
Different challenges "A teenage ne'er do well /
most mixed up non-delinquent /
on the block" How? Logos, ethos, pathos Data (especially on benefits of college education) Narratives / individual stories Acknowledgment of counterarguments Attention to diction and tone Accessible interpretation of academic
literature Persuasion models Formal training on intervention techniques
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