Graduation rate at U rises

by Matt Herbert

More University of Minnesota students are graduating on time, according to the Star Tribune.

New data reveals that the University’s graduation rate has risen. Now, 54 percent of students who began their studies at the Twin Cities campus in 2007 earned their degrees by 2011.

In the past few years, the University has attempted to improve graduation rates in a variety of different ways, such as offering free credits after the first 13, Welcome Week activities for freshman and promoting tools such as “Graduation Planner” to help students plan out their classes for their major and minor.

The University set a goal to have 60 percent of students graduate in four years by 2012. Although the U probably won’t reach that goal, the new numbers are a positive sign. The U has a goal to have students graduate within six years at a rate of 80 percent by 2014.