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Local Connection: UH graduation rates

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

More and more, college students are finding it hard to graduate in four years. At UH-Manoa, where many students work one or more jobs, it's been exceedingly difficult. 

You can look at the latest statistics out of UH Manoa, that the percentage of students from 2010 to 2015 graduating in four years rose from 17.5 percent to 27.9 percent and figure, well, that's still such a low percentage. Or you can acknowledge the achievement for what it is and celebrate it. 

We applaud efforts made to help students track their academic progress online as well as having advisers keep in close contact with students to help them identify their majors and not take unnecessary classes.

The percentage of those graduating in five years jumped from 43 percent to 51 percent and those graduating in six year rates increased from 48 percent to 57 percent. These numbers are very favorable when compared to other Hawaii institutions, where the six-year graduation rate is below 40 percent.

The intensive efforts by the administration at UH Manoa is a great story and if students can be pushed to get in and out of school in the shortest time possible while achieving the highest grades, then we hopefully get them into our work force that much sooner.

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