Graduation rates soar at the University of Minnesota

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In the 1990s, only 15 percent of the students at the University of Minnesota graduated in four years.

Now, the 4-year graduation rate on the Twin Cities campus has soared to 59.1 percent — within “striking distance” of its goal of 60 percent, according to a report to the Board of Regents, who are meeting Thursday.

The report shows that the university is continuing to make dramatic headway in its mission to boost graduation rates, which were once at the bottom of the Big Ten.

This year, the five-year graduation rate hit 75.5 percent, up from 37 percent two decades ago.

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