Posted: Oct 24, 2012 11:16 AM
Updated: Oct 24, 2012 6:07 PM
BATON ROUGE - LSU's six-year graduation rate has increased to 66.7 percent, the highest in the university's history, according to the LSU Office of Budget and Planning.
This year's graduation rate surpasses the average of its peers in the latest available Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB report. Should LSU maintain that position when the SREB report is issued that calculates the same cohort reflected in LSU's new mark, it will be the first time in LSU history that its graduation rate is higher than the average of its SREB peers.
"LSU has been welcoming the best and the brightest students from around the state and beyond, and we are proud to see them complete their degrees at higher rates than ever before," said LSU Interim System President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. "While seeing increased graduation rates is a positive, there is still work to be done. We will continue to work hard to make sure our students are successful in their academic endeavors."
LSU's graduation rate has nearly doubled over the past 20 years.
This marks five years in a row that LSU has reported a graduation rate of more than 60 percent, and the 66.7 percent is a new all-time high graduation rate percentage for the university.
The six-year graduation rate includes full-time, degree-seeking new freshmen who enrolled in the fall semester or prior summer term. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS, Graduation Rate Survey includes those students who successfully complete a transfer preparatory program, including pre-nursing and pre-allied health at LSU.