It’s about more than hot temperatures.
Researchers at Harvard found that low income, under-prepared students who plan on going to community college, often don’t follow through on attending. Something happens or in this case doesn’t happen during the summer after high school graduation and before starting college that causes some students’ intentions to go to college to “melt”. For low income community college bound students, in particular, upwards of 40% of them don’t show up to classes in the fall.
Take a listen to the NPR story that was on Morning Edition a couple of days ago about how one community is dealing with summer “melt”.