The Board of Regents agreed Wednesday to begin developing graduation targets for the state’s 35 public colleges which will eventually determine their funding.
The targets are part of the state’s strategy for boosting graduation rates at colleges, universities and technical schools, launched by Gov. Nathan Deal in September.
The regents took a first step Wednesday by approving to a general outline of how the staff will address the main reasons students don’t graduate: expense, time, inconvenience and lack of skill. Just 57 percent of Georgia students who start a four-year college graduate in six years, a rate that declines for minorities, the poor, older students and those having to work while attending.
“We’ve got to do a better job in this state and this country on graduating students,” said Chairman Ben Tarbutton.