Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

UNM Picks Up Its Dropouts.(Final)

Byline: Jim Belshaw Of the Journal

Giving a damn can change things. As a rule, it's vastly undervalued in these days of profitable cynicism.

In 1995, David Stuart, associate provost for academic affairs and a professor of anthropology at the University of New Mexico, and Chris Garcia, political scientist and currently interim president of UNM, conducted a survey that produced troubling results. An unusual number of students were dropping out of school close to graduation.

In 1996, Stuart pursued the matter. He wanted to know exactly how many had dropped out and why. He put together criteria the dropouts had to meet -- 2.0 GPA (grade point average on a scale of 4. …

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