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Wednesday, October 27, 2010 - 1:09pm

Regents Working To Raise Grad Rates

Out of the more than 300,000 students enrolled in state schools only about 60 percent graduate within 6 years.

That’s a trend officials with the Board of Regents want to change.

The board asked university presidents to submit plans outlining areas that need improvement.

That includes everything from availability of financial aid to making sure incoming freshman are ready for college.

Most of the plans call for a 1 percent increase in graduation rates over the next three years.

Susan Herbst is chief academic officer for the University System of Georgia.

She says even during tough economic times it’s important for schools to make the most of what they have.

"What ever resources you have even if limited they have got to go toward graduation and retention because graduating our students is the most important thing we do."

Officials with the Board of Regents say they are also considering a measure that would tie how much college presidents are paid to student success.

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