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Education, Higher; College dropouts -- United States; College student records -- United States;


A college degree is a virtual necessity in today's world. More and more employers are looking for individuals who have completed at least two years of postsecondary education at a community college or elsewhere, or who hold a bachelor's degree. What happens to those individuals who attended college in the past but had a poor academic record? A poor choice of major selection, previous academic probation or suspension, or the need for time to mature socially and/or intellectually are but a few of the reasons why some students will need extra semesters to achieve an acceptable grade point average in order to graduate (Browne, 1986). For these students, "academic bankruptcy" may be their answer to a successful educational experience. According to Browne (1986), "academic bankruptcy simply means that a student's past failures are forgiven so that he [or she] might re-enter college with a clean slate" (p. 90).

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Master of Arts in Education


Department of Educational Administration and Counseling

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Florence Guido-DiBrito


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