Biden calls for action on school dropout crisis

AP News
Posted: Mar 22, 2011 12:02 PM
Biden calls for action on school dropout crisis

Vice President Joe Biden says the way to improve college graduation rates is to make high schools more rigorous academically and colleges more accessible financially, so young people seeking college degrees don't end up with so much debt.

Biden spoke at a conference to encourage leaders in education, politics, and other fields to take action to achieve the goal set by President Barack Obama for the United States to once again lead the world with the highest proportion of college graduates by 2020. Biden called that goal "a necessity," adding, "This is not an aspiration."

Biden called for the governor of every state to host a college completion summit. And he announced a new grant competition to help colleges boost their graduation rates.