“The message is, ‘Students, you had your shot at college and failed and it’s your fault, not the college.'”
— Michael Kirst, professor emeritus of education and business administration at Stanford University, interpreting the results of its poll with AP. The poll found that the public pins most of the blame for poor college graduation rates on the students themselves — and their parents, to a lesser extent.
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About the blogger
Alex Friedrich reports on higher education issues for MPR News. Among the stories he has covered: the fall of the Berlin Wall, aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, collapse of the I-35W bridge in Minneapolis, 2003 Moscow suicide bombing and 2004 presidential elections in the Republic of Georgia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and a master’s in European political economy from the London School of Economics.