Drop-Out Rate Reduction

The staggering dropout rates in the United States are not only disheartening from the moral standpoint, but also from the economic angle. The fact that thousands of people take loans, invest much time and yet are unable to graduate creates a lot of social pressure, economic losses, and burdens for the dropouts to pay their outstanding debts.

“You educate a man; you educate a man. You educate a woman; you educate a generation.” Brigham Young

This fact coupled with the reality that hardly any NGO works on this important social issue, GERA has decided to fill the vacuum and is proud to announce its Drop-Out Rate Reduction (DORR) Program. It is a comprehensive and timely initiative to finally close this gap and provide greater opportunities for students, employers, families, and the society overall.

In this age of global competition, the United States needs to continue to remain the leading country in innovation, high-skilled labor, and high value-added economy. Ensuring an increasing rate of college completion rate and/or accelerating the rate of completing a degree will provide the necessary boost to the US economy to make sure that the country maintains its leading role in the world economy.

DORR Program identifies seven major reasons for dropping out from schools and offers innovative solutions to tackle (find a solution to) this critical issue. We invite you to spread the word about this program (or even participate yourself) to make sure that by combining our efforts we can finally improve the current sad situation and reverse the trend to the positive.

NOTE: All the team members, stuff members and board members of Global Education and Research Alliance are strictly working on volunteer bases. We do not get paid from any of your donations.

Special Project on reduction of dropout rates from high schools and universities

Introduction

The dropout rates in the United States have reached unprecedented levels. Special studies conducted by various organizations conclude that the problem is big and need immediate attention of the appropriate authorities to deal with.

“Despite the U.S. higher education system being ranked the best in the world according to data compiled by Universitas 21 in May, America currently ranks 16th in the number of 25-34 year-olds with college degrees, out of 26 developed nations.” (http://www.huffingtonpost.com)

Global Education and Research Alliance has adopted five main pillars of its activities, which are:

  • Multicultural/International cooperation and awareness
  • Promotion of literacy, innovation, and an educated society at large
  • Advancement of research in all fields academia
  • Discovery of young talent, its support, and development
  • Encourage entrepreneurship among students and young adults

Drop Out Rate Reduction (DORR) Project

This project fits under the second pillar (promotion of literacy, innovation, and an educated society at large). The goal of this project is to reduce the dropout rates of high schools and colleges by tackling the issue holistically and proactively. It is of paramount importance to undertake preemptive measures to fix the issue, rather than react to it post factum.

For that reason, GERA has developed a seven-point solution package, which has been designed to deal with the issue through a complex of solutions:

  • Outreach to students
  • Psychological consultations
  • Financial consultations
  • Educational support
  • Advising
  • Regular follow-ups
  • Extracurricular involvement

It is our aim to provide an individualized and state-of-the-art approach to each student, by considering his/her unique situation and qualificati ons. Below we discuss each point individually and in detail, explaining our vision of solving the daunting problem of high dropout rates and low graduation rates in the United States.

  • Outreach to all interested and involved parties

    (2 types: ones that have already dropped out and the ones thinking about dropping out)

    • website
      i. GERA needs a website to be a one-stop resource for the students, high schools, universities, and parents
    • Social Media
      i. GERA needs to utilize all the modern social media tools to spread the word about its projects and reach more students, high schools, universities, and parents
    • Outreach to students (peer-to-peer)
      i. Since the students are the primary benefactors of this program, GERA should do its utmost to reach a maximum number of students to offer its services in order to prevent as many dropout instances as possible
    • Search optimization
    • Outreach to parents
    • Outreach to high schools
    • Outreach to colleges/universities
  • Psychological Consultations
    • Have a hotline/email with a psychologist on duty
    • Provide an individualized approach to each student
    • Forward the cases to specialized professional should a further help be needed
    • Create booklets and flyers aiming to help students overcome psychological problems
  • Financial Consultations
    • Create special materials teaching students how to manage finances and awareness about such matters
      i. Record presentation and provide them on the website for students
    • Have a database of different banks and government programs providing favorable terms for student loans
    • Partner with banks that can provide further financial assistance for students
    • Create a database of scholarships/fellowships that can support students in their educational endeavors
    • Create a scholarship fund (based on donations) that would support students that are in need and have a good academic record
  • Educational Support
    • Create a database of credible student works in various fields of academia
    • Make various academic
    • Provide peer-to-peer and professional mentoring opportunities for students in need
    • Provide academic journal database on the organization’s website, where students can access credible scientific articles to help them in their education/research
    • Partner with libraries, tutoring companies, and other educational institutions that can provide deeper and more comprehensive support to students
  • Advising
    • Why attend and graduate high school/university?
    • Support students in choosing their college majors and/or future profession
    • Support in creating resumes, cover letters, CVs, professional skills, interview skills,
      i. Create individual booklets/flyers talking about each of the above
    • Special lectures/reading materials on professionalism, networking, graduate school, etc.
    • Provide logistical and informational support to international students who intend to study in United States
    • Create a database of different opportunities, including study abroad, conferences, job openings, etc.
  • Regular Follow-ups
    • Individualized treatment of every student
    • Regular phone, internet (or other means) communication with the student to ensure everything is well
  • Extracurricular involvement
    • Aside from academic and professional support, it is important to organize students social/extracurricular involvement
    • Special social events for students to mingle, play sports, arts, or do other activities as fit
    • Provide regular listings of interesting extracurricular opportunities in various regions of the country for the students to get involved
    • These activities will guarantee a more fulfilled feeling for student which will surely positively translate into their overall performance in high schools and universities

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