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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Arkansas near bottom on college graduation rates

Posted By on Thu, Mar 8, 2012 at 9:21 AM

GRADUATION-RATE LEADER: UA-Fayetteville.
  • GRADUATION-RATE LEADER: UA-Fayetteville.
The Chronicle of Higher Education has published comprehensive figures on college graduation rates, by state and institution, public and private.

For Arkansas, the 2010 figure was a 19.7 percent four-year graduation rate for students seeking a bachelor's degree and 38.7 six-year graduate rate.

This is abysmal, by the way, ahead of only Idaho, Alaska and the District of Columbia for six-year rates.

Here's the comparison for six-year rates at four-year public colleges — led by the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville (57.9) and trailed by UALR (20.8). UALR is an urban school with loads of non-traditional students, many seeking enrichment courses, it should be said. This chart also compares relative costs of completing a degree at each school and completion by, for example, students with Pell grants (UAPB leads the way).

Here's where you find the rates for private colleges, led by Harding University at 66.8 percent and trailed by Philander Smith at 16.5.

Here's the comparison of completion rates at two-year colleges on certificate and degree programs of at least one year. Tops at completion in 150 percent of the minimum (three years for a two-year associate degree program, for example) was SAU-Tech at 44.4 and South Arkansas Community College in El Dorado at 9.2. Rapidly expanding Pulaski Tech has seen its completion rate drop as it has grown to 11.1 percent.

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