1500-word article about why community college students drop out and how we can help them stay enrolled. General: Choose one reason students drop out and make a recommendation about how they can stay enrolled. As we’ve discussed in class, students drop out for many reasons, and you do not need to present your issue as the be-all-end-all problem. Your Opening Move should engage your reader and help them see some reality about dropping out. You may want to use statistics or a personal story. Whatever you do, you’ll want to establish Ethos. We will go over examples in class, but keep in mind that this paper does not need to be a “standard academic paper”. It’s common to arrange your article in a problem/solution sequence. This is certainly encouraged. Your problem paragraphs should address how wide spread the problem is, telling us who suffers from it and what effect it has on their experience as a college student and how it may lead to dropping out.


Write a 1500-word article about why community college students drop out and how we can help them stay enrolled. Purpose Practice applying the work of others to your own rhetorical purpose Practice quoting and citing in Academically Valued ways Consider stylistic choices that affect your audience Background Over the past two weeks we have been reading about student persistence, or rather why students fail to persist at community college. “Why We Quit” by Raley, “Class Matters” by Leonhardt, “The High Cost of Dropping Out” by Asimov, “Classrooms as Communities” by Tinto and all the others address the reasons why students drop out of college and propose some solutions. Now, it is your turn to enter the conversation. As a community college student, you have valuable insight and expertise on this subject; you will use that insight and expertise in an attempt to solve one of these problems and help students stay enrolled. The Assignment Write a 1500-word article about why community college students drop out of college and how we can help them stay enrolled using personal examples, information from classmates, and quotes from the texts we read in class (additional research is appreciated but not required). This is not a traditional essay and should not be in typical Intro/Body/Conclusion format. Instead you should think about this as an article that will be included in the article packet next Fall. How To Do It General: Choose one reason students drop out and make a recommendation about how they can stay enrolled. As we’ve discussed in class, students drop-out for many reasons, and you do not need to present your issue as the be-all end-all problem. Your Opening Move should engage your reader and help them see some reality about dropping out. You may want to use statistics or a personal story. Whatever you do, you’ll want to establish Ethos. We will go over examples in class, but keep in mind that this paper does not need to be a “standard academic paper”. It’s common to arrange your article in a problem/solution sequence. This is certainly encouraged. Your problem paragraphs should address how wide spread the problem is, telling us who suffers from it and what effect it has on their experience as a college student and how it may lead to dropping out. Once you’ve established your problem, write some solution paragraphs that suggest possible solutions to this problem. Be sure to be clear about what actions students can take to stay enrolled. They are your primary audience. You may not have a traditional conclusion paragraph for this essay. That’s fine. Worry about proposing good solutions. If you find that you want to wrap up the paper, consider a “call to action” conclusion. Additional Research (Required for Co-Req Courses) If you have a problem or solution that you are particularly interested in but wasn’t covered in the readings I assigned, you are welcome to use research of your own. Meeting with a librarian is required! But this is not a research paper, and I am inclined to be generous with outside sources, but please run them by me in class. (Pro-tip) You will need to use the readings from this unit as a source of information and quotes (the what) but also look to them and our reverse outlines as examples of how to write this paper (organization and voice). Criteria for Success/What to Submit A successful submission of this activity includes a single document that answers the prompt (see the rubric for this assignment) and certainly A strong opening move Practical/realistic problems and solutions Textual evidence from at least 2 sources with proper MLA citation Careful proofreading for grammar and spelling errors 1500 words ( /- 150 words)