University of Kentucky hoping to boost graduation rates

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — University of Kentucky officials say they are hoping to set ambitious goals to improve undergraduate retention and graduation rates, and to close gaps in those rates for minority, first-generation and low-income students over the next five years.

The Lexington Herald-Leader ( ) reports that Associate Provost for Undergraduate Education Ben Withers told the UK Board of Trustees on Thursday that the university is seeking to give students an equal opportunity to finish their degrees.

Officials say the six-year graduation rate for the targeted groups is 12 to 15 percentage points below the university’s overall rate of 60.2 percent. By 2020, that gap would be cut to 8 percentage points under the proposal.

By 2020, UK also hopes to raise the rate of students who return for their second year to 90 percent, up from 82.7 percent.


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