What happened to the two-year degree as a solution to the Great Recession?

Not as positive as one might think. (Minnesota Compass)

Over on the NewsCut blog, MPR’s Paul Tosto discusses an element that he finds disturbing in the 3-year graduation rate trends, as laid out in a report by Minnesota Compass.

He expected grad rates to be higher for the flood of students and laid-off workers seeking shelter from the Great Recession:

Many were dislocated by the recession and went back to school to retrain for new careers and vocations to help them deal with the new economy.

Earning that two-year degree was supposed to be the solution.

We agonize a lot in Minnesota about high school completion rates and that’s important.

But we don’t pay nearly enough attention to the kids — and mid-career adults — who make it into college only to never finish.

You can read his whole post here.