transplant to Georgia, and a student from a different public school system, I can’t help but see the stupidity of the uneducated students who rally against the new HOPE bill, besides their misspelled signs that should spell “FLUNK” but spelled as “FUNK” to their lame chant of “What the Hell!”
GA students are irate because the new HOPE will only cover 90 percent of their tuition, which is still the most generous HOPE allotment in the USA. These students have been given a hand-out for the past twenty years and they need to realize that students from other states have less-HOPE, by a wide margin. Some states, like Virginia, have no HOPE, which does not mean their students are a hopeless case. In an AJC story, Laura Diamond reports:
Georgia graduation rates
Graduation rates are determined by looking at how many students start in one fall and graduate within six years. Georgia’s most recent six-year data reflect students who started in fall 2003 and graduated by summer 2009. The national average is about 60 percent. College presidents submitted plans to improve these rates by about 1 percentage point a year for each of the next three years.
College … Graduation rate
University of Georgia … 82.4
Georgia Tech … 81.3
Georgia State … 57.6
Georgia College & State … 62.1
Georgia Southern … 57.4
Clayton State … 39.5
Kennesaw State … 46.2
Southern Polytechnic State … 42.5
University of West Georgia … 45.3
University system total … 58.9
Source: University System of Georgia
NOTE: Graduation rates represent students who attend full-time and are enrolled in college for the first time.
According to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, Joan Garrett reports the University of Tennessee’s graduation rate is at 60 percent. Comparatively, GA’s bloated HOPE version did not change the graduation numbers. You would think that if all your tuition is paid for, everyone would attend college and graduate with degrees. However, the statistics show the true story. Only a student’s level of motivation will determine if they will graduate college and continue onto successful stories, such as Minority Leader Stacey Abrams.
The purpose of HOPE is to provide access to education to outstanding pupils, and with Governor Deal and bipartisan support, HOPE endures for the future generations of Georgians.
I can appreciate the hardship of affording college as a former college student. I worked close to fulltime, while taking a full course load, for my entire college career to graduate with my degree. It isn’t easy. It is doable. It is hard. It is worth it. Students who are motivated will succeed, regardless of how much HOPE they have.