Harder is Better! An Intriguing Finding
The USA today reported the surprising, but uplifting, finding of a study of higher graduation rates. Many students may fail to complete a bachelor's degree not because the work is too hard — but because they're not challenged enough.
It's well known that colleges with the most selective admissions criteria tend to have the highest graduation rates. But even when researchers compared groups of students who had similar academic qualifications, they consistently found that those attending schools with the more demanding academic requirements were more likely to graduate.
The study is reported in a book titled Crossing the Finish Line:Completing College at America's Public Universities by William G. Bowen, Matthew M. Chingos & Michael S. McPherson. More information is available at http://press.princeton.edu/titles/8971.html