By Craig McMorris, TV5 Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
MT. PLEASANT, MI (WNEM) -
Central Michigan University officials say the school is joining forces with hundreds of the nation's universities in an effort to increase the number of students receiving degrees. In CMU's case, the focus will be on helping more students earn their degrees in four years.
CMU is one of more than 450 public colleges and universities nationwide pledging its participation in a historic movement to develop strategies to increase accessibility to a college education, enhance quality of degree programs, reduce the time required to attain a four-year degree and control a student's educational costs.
The initiative is a challenge to boost the nation's six-year undergraduate degree attainment to 60 percent and award an additional 3.8 million baccalaureate degrees by 2025. CMU currently reports a six-year graduation rate of 54.3 percent, which exceeds the 45.6 percent average of Michigan's 15 public universities.
The massive effort is organized by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. A national news release announcing the plan is attached.
"As CMU develops its enrollment management strategies, we will create a plan to graduate more students in four years while enhancing their educational experience and controlling tuition costs," said Steven L. Johnson, CMU's vice president of enrollment and student services.
Johnson says a newly formed enrollment management committee will begin to develop a course of action when it meets for the first time later this month. Other committee charges include increasing student recruitment, academic standards, and student support throughout their college career to improve retention and timely graduation.
"Each college within the university will play a pivotal role in determining how best to accomplish these formidable goals, which includes increasing the four-year graduation rate," said Johnson.
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