Dropout Nation - The Silent Epidemic

Nearly one million teenagers stop going to school every year. Studies show that the decision to drop out of school has many negative implications later on in life. What can be done to prevent students from dropping out? That was the topic at an event held June 7th at the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.


John Bridgeland, the keynote speaker, is President & CEO of Civic Enterprises which is a public policy firm in Washington, D.C. His work on the high school dropout crisis helped bring national attention to the issue, with the TIME cover story "Dropout Nation" and two Oprah Winfrey shows prompted by his report, The Silent Epidemic. Bridgeland led the National Summit on America's Silent Epidemic with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the National Governors Association, TIME Magazine and MTV that prompted action at the federal, state and local levels around a 10-point plan of action to boost high school graduation rates and college and workforce readiness.


He was joined by a Reaction Panel who further discussed the implications of this epidemic and how to combat this issue in the region: The panelists were:


  • Bob Wehling, Board Member of the James B. Hunt Jr. Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy
  • Vanessa White, member of the Cincinnati Board of Education
  • Colin Groth, Strategic Assistance Manager of Strive.

The discussion was moderated by Dr. Robin White, President & CEO of Great Oaks Institute of Technology and Career Development.


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Cintas Center