Utah Regents push higher credit loads to boost graduation rates

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At least half of students who enroll at Utah’s public colleges and universities don’t graduate.

The Utah Board of Regents on Friday approved a series of ideas aimed at helping to improve those disconcerting numbers, including initiatives designed to encourage students to take larger class loads and to help improve their math skills.

"We have a lot of people who start going to college … but are not finishing," said Dave Buhler, state commissioner for higher education. "That’s not great."

About 40 percent of students entering Utah’s higher education institutions, many of which have open enrollment, need remedial math. National research shows only about a third of such students end up completing remedial work and progressing to for-credit math courses.

"Developmental math is often the graveyard for people’s expectations of graduating college," Buhler said.

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