Community colleges see rise in 6-year graduation rate

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The Maricopa Community Colleges saw an 8 percentage-point gain in its graduation rate, the biggest increase in several years and one that puts the district on track to fulfill its commitment to produce more graduates.

About 28 percent of students who began in 2007 earned a degree or occupational certificate within six years. That compares with 20 percent of incoming students in 2006 and 19 percent for 2004, according to a report released last week by the college district.

The alarmingly low graduation rates for the nation’s community colleges became a hot topic in 2010, and President Barack Obama challenged them to improve.

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