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Busting 5 Higher Education Myths

Posted by Paige Altieri on March 30, 2017
 We're back and ready to bust more myths! Let's investigate five myths in higher education and see if they're true or totally debunked.
1. Most students graduate in four years. 
Many people think of colleges as being two-year or four-year schools. You'd think that students at a four-year school only attend for four years. Makes sense, right? But life happens. There are tons of factors that make it hard for students to finish their degrees in four short years. Students have competiting priorities, like work and family. Many don't know how to access helpful planning and advising resources. 
 
Colleges now tend to report six-year graduation rates instead of four-year rates. The six-year graduation rate at "four-year institutions" in the U.S. is roughly 60%.
 
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2. A college degree isn't a good investment.
A college investment is a wise decision for a variety of social, emotional, intellectual, and financial reasons. The lifetime earnings of a person with a college degree is about million dollars more than those of a person without a degree. 
 
3. Community college students don't need to take out loans.
Community college students borrow less money than students at four-year institutions, but they're significantly more likely to default on their borrowed loans. One reason for this trend is that community college students are less likely to have the resources required to understand the implications of a complicated loan process. Read this blog post to learn more about student financial health.
 
4. Students don't want help from their academic advisor.
Students want and need help from their advisors, but they often don't know the best way to stay in touch. Communication is often limited to in-person advising appointments once or twice a year.
 
Students who communicate with their advisors by text message ask more questions and are more likely to attend in-person advising appointments. It's not that students don't want help; they want help in a different way than old-school advisors are used to.
 
5. Scholarships are impossible to find and get.
This one is half-true. There are millions of scholarships and it can be tough to narrow down your options. But it doesn't have to be.
 
Luckily, technology has once again found a way to solve your problems. Help bust this myth by using new technologies to make the scholarship application process a breeze for your students. 
 
Did we miss any myths? Let us know!!
 
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About the author: Paige is the Marketing Associate at Signal Vine. Paige loves making lists and writing for the Signal Vine blog. Follow Paige on LinkedIn!
 

Topics: Higher Education