Let's face it. The students graduating today, the ones in this percent increase are, for the most part, not college ready and not ready for careers either. Their high school career has taught them that they can get away with no work for three years and showing up for a few credit recovery courses in their last year get them through. They haven't been taught the value of hard work and have no feelings of failing and trying again, only harder. These students come into college expecting grades to be handed to them again. Studying and homework doesn't happen. Buying books or using them in a library is a foreign experience they are not prepared to have. But, when final grades approach, they expect extra credit and chances to make up what they haven't done all semester. And, while I have no experience with this, I am willing to bet the same thing happens at the job.
I am tired of reading statistics about graduation rates. I want to see education and standards improving. I want to see graduates ready for the next stage of their lives. Only when this happens can graduation rate improvements mean anything. We have to stop applauding statistics.