People often talk about the shrinking middle class and increase of income inequalities. One main problem that leads to these issues it the college graduation rates of kids coming from middle class families. In today’s world a college degree is practically a pre-requisite to end up in the middle class so the lack of a degree lessons the likelihood that these kids stay in the middle class. No matter how you measure this statistic all reports show that less than half of kids from the middle class ($46,000-$99,000) graduate from college. Many of these kids are dropouts but economists are not sure the reasoning behind this high rate. The exact statistics say that only 40% of these kids graduate meaning that 60% do not. If we want to keep the middle class strong the first place to look is making sure that more of these kids get a degree.
So why do members of upper class family’s graduate college at such a higher rate than members of middle class families? There is no hard evidence for any conclusions about answers to this question; however, you would have to think that the support system plays a huge role. It is far more likely that kids in middle class families have problems at home than kids of upper class families. This has to play a factor especially in the dropout rates in for these two groups.