Lessons for the States on the 'Expectations' Gap

The hallmark of higher education since the passage of the GI Bill has been access and opportunity. The nation has much to be proud of as, every fall, hundreds of thousands of young people land on our college doorsteps full of anticipation and excitement. Sadly, many will wash out by winter break, and many more will never graduate. Our four-year college graduation rate is 34 percent nationwide, and the six-year rate is just 56 percent — deplorable marks that could be improved if