MAP: College dropout rates by county

Michigan’s college dropouts

Michigan does a good job getting students into college, but a lousy job keeping them there. One in four Michigan adults of working age attended college but didn’t earn an associate’s degree or higher.

Source: U.S. Census, American Community Survey

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Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:08pm
Not much difference in the brackets. All within a 4% range, top to bottom. The minor differences may relate to poverty levels or job opportunities.
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 12:16pm
Are these figures corrected to account for transfer students from community colleges? I would guess not, since that would be pretty hard to track. A lot of students take classes at community colleges while dual enrolled and/or after high school before transferring to a university. I suspect a student who is dual-enrolled in high school and then stays close to home for a year to take gen ed. classes before transferring elsewhere would be counted as "some college but no degree" once they leave the community college.
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 4:03pm
This data is just looking at the population that is 25+, so it wouldn't include students that are fresh out of high school. This would include Michigan residents that are 7+ years out of high school.
Thu, 09/08/2016 - 2:40pm
Also to consider are those students who acquire enough skills to maintain their current position or qualify for a new one and leave without completing a degree