In their recent book, Revolving College Doors,2 Robert G. Cope and William Hannah have argued that "it is the fit between student and college that accounts for most of the transferring, stopping out and dropping out"3 amongst our present student body. This idea when taken to be correct, gives the lie to what is usually averred to explain the rapidly increasing phenomenon of attrition amongst those wishing to attend college, namely, financial stringency. Cope and Hannah would have us believe that "lack of money is a socially acceptable reason to discontinue attending school regardless of actual financial position."4 Thus, explicating the lack of fit between students and their college and not the lack of dollars becomes the task of those of us who must care about the future of the society's institutions of higher learning.
Worsfold, Victor L.
"Perceptions of College and the Pursuit of Liberal Education,"
Perspectives (1969-1979): Vol. 10:
2, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/perspectives/vol10/iss2/4