How to Improve College Graduate Rates

Attending college is one of the biggest risk-reward scenarios in the United States. The monetary and time expenditure of university is immense, and all too often proves to be far too much of a difficulty to complete, for several variables. These can range from education content to affordability. Penn State University’s full student body graduation rate has been varying between a declines to remaining stagnant at around 86%, a trend that began in 2012. For those who do graduate, they are not quite out of the thick of it, with a student loan crisis still booming. A staggering 13% of students will default on their loans, as of 2014.

Researchers have scrambled to find methods of combating drop-outs and improving the college experience. One such way to improve overall graduation rates is increasing college credit courses offered in high schools. Many high schools across the nation take part in programs that permit classes to act as early college courses, covering major program recommendations and providing credits prior to ever attending the university. Studies have revealed that students taking Advanced Placement courses in high schools performed better on exams when informed that the exam would provide college credit.

This would address two key points: in entering college, a common complaint among students is being required to repeat what are considered to be remedial courses full of previously-acquired knowledge; and the cost of attending a school would decrease. If less classes must be registered for and completed, a student can write off perhaps five courses from the final bill, saving a good deal of money when the loans kick in after graduation. More time can be spent with courses in the student’s chosen major as well, as introductory courses can likely be skipped. Thus, interest level in the total program stands a chance to increase, and a student may actually enjoy college enough to see it to completion.

Proper Etiquette in Business Meetings

In a business meeting, there are men and women working together for a common goal. Whether the business meeting be internal or with a client or partner, it is always important to have the proper etiquette during the meeting. I have listed a few areas to ensure your next business meeting goes smoothly.



Arriving “on time” to a meeting does not mean being at an 11 am meeting at 10:59, it means showing up 15-20 minutes early to ensure you are prepared and are not disheveled at the beginning of the meeting. Remember the time old truth: “If you’re early, you’re on time. If you’re on time, you’re late.” Arriving early to a meeting, prepared, shows your business associate that you are respecting their time and do not wish to waste a minute of it.



To continue the message of respecting a person’s time during a meeting, send out an agenda prior to a meeting. This will ensure everyone is aware what the topics or punch points are for this meeting; also, it shows how long the meeting will be.


Speaking and Listening

Speaking and listening are both equally important in a business meeting. If you are running the meeting, you are most likely to speak the most of everyone in the room. However, you are going to have a monologue for 30-90 minutes, so be sure to listen to your client or business associates who are also in the meeting with you.


Running the Meeting

Because you are the one in charge of the meeting, you are responsible for keeping the meeting going and making sure that the important points of the meeting are touched on and that you are not getting off topic or staying on one point that might not be completely important right now.


Electronic Devices

Always have your phone on vibrate, at least, if not on silent. That will allow you to know if there was a call, text message, or email that you are waiting for but will not interrupt the flow of the meeting with a loud notification sound. However, we are in the 21st century, many take notes on their laptop or tablet, or they are used to show a presentation or a design. But allow this to be your main reason for bringing a laptop or tablet, not to browse the internet or just check your email.


Guest List

Be sure that everyone in the meeting is aware of who will be in your meeting to ensure that no one is surprised by an unannounced guest. It can cause some confusion or frustration at the beginning of a meeting and change the tone or vibe of the room.


The list above should not be anything surprising to read. However, it is some of the things that businessmen and businesswomen forget every week. But with the list above complete, you are sure to have a successful meeting and impress your boss!