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Missouri System Joins National Graduation Push

Posted: Oct 9, 2012 5:47 AM by Associated Press

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COLUMBIA (AP) - The four campuses of the University of Missouri System have joined a national movement to increase the number of college graduates by 2025.

The university will be one of about 500 schools involved in Project Degree Completion. The schools agree to improve access and diversity, as well as increase the number of students earning science, technology, engineering or math-related degrees.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reported Monday the university already meets some of the program's goals. Last year's graduation rate was more than 70 percent, and enrollment has been growing at record levels for years. About one in three degrees was in math, engineering, health or other science-related fields.

The MU system also is working to reduce the time it takes to earn a degree, another goal of the program

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