Today Inside Higher Ed looks at a paper put forth by Mark S. Schneider, who complains that the dropout rate in higher education is more dismal than high school (something we hear a lot about by comparison). The article debates whether this is overblown or not.
But what it fails to mention is that higher education, unlike high school education, costs money. Although the exact number of students that drop out of some kind of higher education is unknown, it is true that more and more students are cutting back or deferring their education in times of economic crunch. It'd be nice if every once in a while people talking about college students would acknowledge how hard it is for some of them to put themselves through school.