Tips for beating the odds

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Based on statistics, here are some steps that could help you earn a bachelor's degree within 81/2 years.

• Go at least one course beyond Algebra 2.
• Earn more than 20 credits by the end of the first year.
• Stay enrolled.
• After high school, don't wait to enter post-secondary education.
• Earn some summer credits.
• Don't enroll part-time.
• Don't wander from school to school.

Source: "The Toolbox Revisited," a U.S. Department of Education report written by Clifford Adelman.



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