This radio documentary takes a close look at why so many low-income students who show great promise do not graduate from college.

When WAMU’s Kavitha Cardoza began interviewing Christopher Feaster, he was an academic superstar at his inner city high school, despite living in a homeless shelter. Feaster won a full scholarship to Michigan State University, but once he got to college he began to struggle.

Cardoza stayed in touch with Feaster and interviewed him to try to understand what went wrong for him in college, and ultimately, why just 1 in 4 low-income students earn their bachelor’s degree.  In the documentary, Cardoza also looks at programs that help low-income students stay in college and at joint efforts by school districts and colleges to raise the graduation rates of low-income students.


In “No Excuses Kids Go to College,” Robert Pondiscio wrote about what some high-achieving charter school networks are doing to help their graduates succeed in college.

– Education Next

Last updated September 24, 2015