6-year graduation rate attracts concern

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - Low college graduation rates are drawing official attention.

A recent report by the Southern Regional Education Board says most students who enter a college as first-time, full-time freshmen take at least six years to earn a bachelor's degree. Only about 55 percent graduate at all.

The SREB suggests colleges improve student graduation by focusing more attention on student success, implementing first-year programs to help get freshmen off to a good start and doing more to meet the individual and group needs of students, among other strategies.

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  • by Concerned Location: Dothan on Apr 26, 2010 at 02:17 PM
    One of the major reasons people take 6 years to finish a four-year degree is money. They have to WORK to pay for the continually escalating tuition costs...so they go to class part-time!!! Success is one factor...our high schools need to do a better job preparing students for college level work so they don't have to take developmental courses. But, I work at a college...many of our students are forced to only go to school part-time because they must work full-time to pay the costs. Many adults also have family/home responsibilities they must finance.
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