In an economy that increasingly demands workers with knowledge and skills, many college dropouts are being left behind.
Some College, No Degree: Why So Many Americans Drop Out of College, and What to Do About It airs Sunday, October 2 at 10 p.m. on AM 1370/FM-HD 91.5-2.
There are more people going to college now than ever before. But in the United States, about half the people who start college don't finish. There are 37 million Americans with some college credits but no degree - more than 20 percent of the working-age population. The United States - which was once first in the world in the proportion of people with college degrees - is now fourth. There was a time when most people didn’t need college degrees, but now 60 percent of all jobs in the United States require higher education. In an economy where knowledge and credentials are increasingly important, people who don't finish degrees are being left behind. In this hour special American RadioWorks producer Emily Hanford explores why people quit college, why it’s a national dilemma, what’s being done to bring them back, and whether a college degree is the answer for everyone.