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letters | holding universities accountable for their graduates?

Students fail for many reasons, and colleges shouldn’t pay the price

I DISAGREE with Edward L. Glaeser, who argues that the federal government should offer financial incentives to colleges to encourage them to help students achieve “long-run success” (“College debts but no degree? Reform the Pell grant program,” Op-ed, Dec. 27).

Glaeser uses Jason DeParle’s article in the New York Times about three young women who failed to achieve upward mobility by attending college as anecdotal evidence; I offer my own anecdotal evidence drawn from teaching at a Massachusetts community college to argue that students and the complexities of their lives, rather than schools, are responsible.

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