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Subject: Re: NYT: STEM students often drop out or chg ma Date: 11/13/2011 8:32 PM
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This student did NOT research the chosen university properly.

How many HS seniors who've been cramming AP courses have the ability to network to students capable of reporting on the general quality of a program? Or even their parents, for that matter? Some things, you can't even get hold of, like employment statistics of graduates of a given program.

Thought computers were good for nothing but hooking up and porn.

OTOH, DS got washed out by a course given in his senior year, which fit the description of the article, where the prof used a sink or swim approach.

Instead of attempting a retake, at that point he got a job in IT, which is exactly what he wanted to do, anyway, had he graduated.

This student is more worried about GPA than learning the material.

What if the student tries his darnedest to do well in engineering, graduated with a typical 3.0GPA, and wants to, say, study patent law as a grad student? Answer: he gets beat out by liberal arts majors with their 4.0s. Would you rather have an attorney with an EIT cert. working on your patent or a former Womyns Studies major?
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