Colleges focusing on preparation to improve odds for students

When a new class of freshmen begins at Franklin College, just over half of those students have their degree within four years.

About 54 percent of the students who started at Franklin College four years earlier graduated this year, and about 60 percent of the students who started six years earlier graduated. Graduation rates vary from year to year, so Franklin College tracks the three-, five- and 10-year average graduation rates. Right now, the 10-year average shows that about 51 percent of students graduate within four years, and the three-year average is about 54 percent, dean of students Ellis Hall said.

“You want to see where you’re going across time, are you trending up or are you trending down,” Hall said. “We’d love for (the rates) to be higher.”

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