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Inaugural study on IN college completion rates released

The first study of college completion rates in Indiana indicates only about 30-percent of students at the state‘s four-year public colleges and universities finish school within four years, and only half get their degree within six years.

For Purdue, 37-percent of nontransferring students seeking bachelor’s degrees graduate within four years at the West Lafayette campus

Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers says the information is troubling.

She says the longer it takes to get a degree, the more it costs students and the state.

Lubbers says the report also indicates there is a racial and ethnic gap in graduation rates.

Minorities graduate at a rate that is 24-percentage points lower at Indiana‘s two-year colleges and 31-percentage points lower at four-year schools.