University of Texas tackles graduation delays with new measures

A new report published by a committee of faculty and students at the University of Texas at Austin aims to highlight ways the school can help students graduate faster and increase the number of individuals completing their degrees, reports Inside Higher Ed.

The report contains more than 60 suggestions to improve graduation rates at the school, including creating additional space in "bottleneck" courses such as science labs and some key prerequisite classes. Other recommendations include introducing a mandatory freshman orientation period and cracking down on students who take longer than necessary to complete their degrees.

"Few actions we could take as a university would benefit students, parents and the university itself as much as increasing our four-year graduation rate," Bill Powers, president of the university, wrote in a campus-wide email, as quoted by the news source.

According to the school's website, officials hope the new measures will improve the graduation rate by 2016. A summary of the report says that students who graduate in four years leave school with less debt and begin making contributions to society sooner.

If you're thinking of filling out college applications, make sure to research the graduation rates of prospective colleges. Although it's not the only thing to consider, it may be useful to know how many students earn their degrees in four years.

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