State Colleges Hope Credit Cap Boosts Graduation Rates

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Four of five students at Shepherd University don't graduate within four years, and fewer than half, 46 percent, graduate within six years, according to school data.

However, Shepherd is ahead of the curve compared to the 43.8 percent average six-year graduation rate for West Virginia universities, according to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems.   

The national six-year graduation rate is 55.5 percent.  

Getting students into the workforce in a timely manner is a problem facing colleges across the country, said Dr. Kathy Butler, vice chancellor of academic affairs for the state Higher Education Policy Commission.

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