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Graduation and Retention Rates at the University of Minnesota - The Elephant in the Top Three Living Room

I've posted on this topic before, please see:

Latest Statistics on Incoming Students - SAT/ACT (10/11), HS top 10% (11/11)

A related post is:

More Happy Talk from Provost Sullivan?

Now the Daily has an article about retention rates:

U's retention rates among Big Ten's lowest
... the numbers of students who are staying on board for their second, third and final years at the University of Minnesota are comparatively low.

According to a U.S. News and World Report survey, first-year University students are among the least likely in the Big Ten to return for a second year.

Issues with low retention rates often resurface in low graduation rates, and the University is no exception to this trend.

According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 66 percent of University undergraduate students graduate within six years. This places the University last among its peer institutions, its closest competitor being Ohio State University with a six-year rate of 73 percent .

I suggest that retention and graduation rates are our currently most serious problem. From discussion at the last Board of Regents meeting, they appear to finally have recognized this. To claim that things are improving is not enough. If our administration is to have anyone take seriously their top three goal, then not only do we have to improve in this area, we have to do better than at least some of our competitors.

The clock is ticking. Tom? Bob?

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