UM System commits to increase number of degrees, college completion

Friday, October 5, 2012 | 5:08 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The four campuses in the University of Missouri System have joined a national effort to boost the number of college degrees by 60 percent by 2025

The statement, "A Commitment to the Future," is a joint effort by the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities, according to a UM System news release.

Nearly 500 public universities and colleges have signed the statement with the goal of upping the number of bachelor's degrees nationally by 3.8 million by 2025, according to a background document from the state colleges and universities association.

The proposed increases represent a growth rate of 3 percent in degrees at the public colleges and universities, the document states. The average growth was 2.67 percent in the past decade, according to the document.

Initiatives to increase the number of degrees include:

  • Increasing enrollment on the four campuses, in Columbia, Rolla, St. Louis and Kansas City.
  • Increasing the number of graduates and six-year graduation rates.
  • Preventing large increases in tuition.
  • Increasing financial aid.
  • Reducing administrative expenses.
  • Increasing diversity.

By participating, the four campuses have agreed to do their part to increase college completion.  

Supervising editor is Elizabeth Brixey.

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