EXPERT DROPOUT LITIGATION SUPPORT
a) the best breakdown of the student dropout statistics conundrum.
b) the most comprehensive explanation of dropout causality.
I help lawyers and insurance companies with cases involving student dropouts who claim injury benefits.
While it is true that most personal injury cases do not go to court, the legal team must have the best information available to argue well in settlement negotiation.
Information of this kind is complex and difficult to obtain.
I can provide LITIGATION SUPPORT in these cases in three areas:
- dropout (and program-switching) statistics
- causality re college, high school and university student dropouts
- retention strategies
Dropout statistics are notoriously unreliable.
Universities and colleges have not traditionally kept great records because for every student who dropped out there were always 20 more applicants every term.
Similarly, program-switching statistics are sketchy.
Astonishingly high dropout rates have provoked colleges to do better but it is still a minefield.
The record-keeping is
- self-sereving and self-protective
- capricious and
- has an ambiguous nomenclature
For example, the number of years absentfrom classes for a student to be called a “dropout” varies widely among insitutions.
I can clarify and explain all this.
My name is Frank Daley (M.A).
I am a former Dean of the English and Communications for the largest community college in Canada.
I have taught student success for many years. More recently, I have been involved with the legal profession regarding cases of student injuries and insurance claims.
I have experience with the personal, institutional, academic and legal sides of the issues.
If statistics are difficult to pin down, defining causality, that is, the reasoning commonly offered for the high dropout rate is almost unfathomable.
I can help with that.
The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation put a lot of time and expense into the notion that a lack of money was the biggest problem for school dropouts but they abandoned the idea because it isn’t accurate.
Money is a contributing factor but only one of many, and not the most important.
The general and underlying causes of student dropouts are various and complex.
They are an amalgam of
- poverty (not the same thing)
- weak family structure
- inadequate parenting (not the same thing as weak family structure)
- overburdened and poor high school systems
- cultural problems
- among others.
There are also special difficulties facing immigrant, Native, Black, and Hispanic people, chief among them, language, education, culture, family history and employment.
THE REAL MAIN CAUSES
However, there are three REAL MAIN causes of student failure in school besides and ahead of the ones listed above.
I know them and know how they combine with the more “conventionally wise” reasons most people believe are the main causes.
Most legal cases do not even consider them.
YOU WILL HAVE AN ADVANTAGE
I can give you that advantage.
I can identify these and show you how they integrate with the causes listed above.
When these three things hit students in first semester, they break down.
The result is a steady decrease in completed assignments and then attendance.
Then comes the spiral of being behind academically, anxiety, despondency, depression and despair, followed by dropping out.
I can explain the multifaceted process and the outcome.
IS THIS SITE FOR YOU?
Does this have any connection with a MVA or other injury?
It depends the individual case.
I write about them in my book, Who Are You And What Are You Doing Here: The way to know yourself and get what you want.
I assure you, I can assist.
I’m the founder of Dropout to Dean’s List, a site for at-risk students.