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Optimism, College Major, and Post-Secondary Dropout

Thursday, June 2, 2011


This brief discusses the role of learning about one's own ability in driving post-secondary dropout decisions and and changes in college major. New evidence shows that nearly one-half of post-secondary students who drop out of school do so because they learn that they are not as well-suited for their programs as they initially thought. Many students also leave math/science majors for similar reasons.

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