Texas Southern Targets Staggeringly Low Graduation Rates

With a mere 3 percent of Texas Southern University students graduating within four years — and less than a quarter earning their degree in a decade — John Rudley knows that people are asking “What’s wrong with this institution?” and “What are they going to do about it?”

Rudley, the TSU president charged with finding a path forward for the college with the state’s worst graduation rate, asks himself those same questions constantly.

“We’re in an industry that has benchmarks,” he said, “and that’s a benchmark I’m not going to support.”

Critics say the staggeringly low graduation ...

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