Powers Pushes New UT Students to Graduate in Four Years

On Wednesday, addressing more than 1,000 incoming freshmen who descended on the University of Texas at Austin campus for orientation, UT President Bill Powers emphasized the benefits — financial and otherwise — of graduating in four years.

There is a lot riding on the incoming class. The university has launched an effort to increase its four-year graduation rate for undergraduate students to 70 percent by 2016. It currently has a graduation rate just above 50 percent.

The ambitious goal would put UT substantially ahead of other Texas public universities, the overwhelming majority of which currently have rates below 50 percent. But ...

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