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Old 04-14-2018, 07:36 AM
 
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From what I can find, about 18-26 percent of college students are majoring in business.

It appears that anywhere between 9-30 percent of students are majoring in a STEM field. I think it depends on whether healthcare sciences is included or not, which appeared to be about 12 percent.

Needless to say, roughly half of college students are either majoring in business or STEM fields.

Gender studies and philosophy majors? Those were about 1 percent.
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Old 04-14-2018, 08:29 AM
 
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Got any links to support your conclusions?
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Old 04-14-2018, 09:34 AM
 
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Let's see. Source NCES.


a. 6 year graduation rate: 50%
a1. At selective institutions: 88%
a2. At least selective: 32%
a3. At community college: ~30% for AA degree in three years.


These data do lend support to the view that many who attend college are not academically capable for college work. And many are in fact wasting money on college.


b. Degree Conferred
Total 1,900,000 100%
Business 372,000 20%
Social Science 179,000 9%
Education 103,000 5%
STEM 251,342 13%
Health 229,000 12%
Misc 765,658 40%

c. Employment


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Old 04-14-2018, 10:50 AM
 
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Let's see. Source NCES.


a. 6 year graduation rate: 50%
a1. At selective institutions: 88%
a2. At least selective: 32%
a3. At community college: ~30% for AA degree in three years.


These data do lend support to the view that many who attend college are not academically capable for college work. And many are in fact wasting money on college.
It'd be nice to actually look at the link.

I don't see the bold. A 50% graduation rate has been standard for decades. I recall Penn State telling their incoming freshmen that in 1965. My husband said he was told that as a freshman at Caltech in 1966, so this was the case even at highly selective schools.
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Old 04-14-2018, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Oregon, formerly Texas
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When I started college in 2001, I remember the "University Seminar" instructor telling 5 of us to get up, and then saying at least 2 and possibly 3 out of the 5 would not finish.

And I went to an average state university.

College wouldn't be worth anything if everyone passed. This should especially be true for colleges where there are no or minimal admissions requirements. Highly tiered universities already screen their incoming classes. I would be very concerned if a community college with open admissions had a high pass rate. When you let anyone in, you can't possibly pass all of them.
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