Parents Paying For Mediocrity
Try to explain this puzzling data and conclusions, based on a national study:
So, what is your explanation (and remedy) for this perplexing set of data and conclusions?
- The more college money parents provide, the lower their children's grades
- It "lowering" is modest in size, and not great enough to lead to a child flunking out, but it is significant
- The "lowering" is less at elite institutions, compared with private, expensive out-of-state colleges
- When parents pay a child's way through college, graduation rates are higher...but usually with mediocre G.P.A.'s
- Students with the lowest grades were those whose parents paid their way without discussing parental expectations, student responsibility, etc.
Source: T. Lewis, "Parents Financial Support Linked to College Grades," New York Times, 1/15/13