U.S. colleges need to provide more counseling and academic support for students who are at risk of dropping out, according to a recent report. Student loan debt is at an all-time high, and barely half of students who start college get a degree in six years. The report, Debt to Degree: A New Way of Measuring College Success, from the non-partisan research Education Sector group says students need to be better prepared for college and colleges need to find ways to make higher education more effective for students. Current examples of how colleges worldwide are using Merit programs include:
- providing English grammar training and support at the start of the academic year.
- nurturing students’ mastery of expository writing techniques – to persuade, inform, and describe.
- enabling students returning to school to reacquaint themselves with reading comprehension, writing, and math skills before enrolling in credit courses.
Learn more about Merit Solutions for College Prep.