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

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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.