American Graduate is part of a national initiative launched by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to improve high school graduation rates and help stop the damaging school trend of school dropouts—estimated to be more than a million students a year. WOSU is one of more than 60 public media and television stations around the country that are working directly with their communities to address the dropout crisis.
Videos in This Series
American Graduate – Part 1
A panel of community stakeholders analyzed the implications of dropping out and highlights local initiatives to help students finish school at a forum, “American Graduate.” Watch the video
American Graduate – Part 2
Part 2 of the series looks at local applications of the primary approaches to addressing school dropout—prevention; intervention and recovery— from the perspective of a school superintendent; an administrator from a community-based organization; and a high school senior. Watch the video
Effective Approaches to the Dropout Problem
Academic Acceleration Academy
Resources and programs offered by the Academic Acceleration Academy are available to students who have dropped out of school—to help them regain footing and earn a high school diploma. Watch the video.
AT&T Success Center
The AT&T Student Success Centers provide high-risk ninth graders with mentoring and counseling services; career exploration and training in effective study skills. Watch the video.
Focused on building strong mentoring relationships between adult role models and students, Project Mentor is a collaboration between Columbus City Schools and Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio. Watch the video.
All Sides with Ann Fisher on Dropout Prevention
Ann Fisher discusses the impact of the dropout problem and local solutions with Nancy Nestor Baker from United Way of Central Ohio and Maureen Casamassimo from the AT&T Success Center. Listen to the podcast.
Dropout Prevention Resources
The compilation gives current national and local information on the dropout crisis and profiles effective and promising approaches to the problem. Download the PDF.