MTSU Tries To Boost Rate Of Graduations

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MTSU graduate Trey Schruff is proof it’s possible to earn a college degree in 3 1/2 years.

“It’s tough, but it’s doable,” said Schruff, who earned an applied science bachelor’s degree with a major in music business from the recording industry department during May’s commencement.

Schruffis the exception in higher education.

At MTSU, for example, only 52.9 percent of its students who began in fall 2004 graduated by 2010, according to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission. That was fourth best among the state’s four-year public universities. UT-Knoxville had the best rate at 66.8 percent, followed by Tennessee Tech with 55.4 percent and UT-Martin at 54.3 percent.

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