The U.S. has a dropout downside, and Invoice Gates is not having it.
In a blog post revealed final week, the Microsoft co-founder referred to America’s 45.2 p.c faculty dropout fee as “tragic.”
Invoice Gates is, after all, a school dropout himself, having left Harvard to discovered Microsoft in 1975. However fairly than chastise these like himself, he says that he goals to give attention to low-income, first-generation, and minority college students, and the limitations they face at their schools.
“With out extra graduates, our nation will face a scarcity of expert employees and fewer low-income households will get the chance to elevate themselves out of poverty,” Gates wrote. “That is why I am continuously looking out for schools and universities that by some means defy these odds.”
His activism started with a visit to Georgia State College (GSU), a college from which racial minority and low revenue college students graduate at charges at or above these of the scholar physique. Gates interviewed GSU directors about how the college has improved its commencement charges, and shot a video and selfies with some college students.
It isn’t clear from the submit whether or not Gates has a plan for utilizing these experiences to enhance commencement charges at different universities. However the consideration of a magnate like Gates could, if nothing else, convey the difficulty extra of the highlight that he clearly believes it deserves.