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Higher Ed in the News

Public universities want more students to graduate

February 1, 2010

Despite deep cuts in state funding, public university systems around the country are launching campaigns to boost graduation rates.

For decades, the U.S. led the world in the proportion of citizens with college degrees, but in recent years it has been surpassed by other countries.

Nationwide, about 54 percent of full-time students at four-year public universities graduate in six years, but the rate is 43 percent for Hispanics and 38 percent for blacks, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.

College officials say students drop out of college for a variety of reasons, including poor academic preparation, lack of money and inability to get required classes.

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