Group pushing to improve college graduation rates

Published 2:12 pm Friday, December 18, 2009

A legislative task force studying Mississippi’s higher education system has made recommendations it believes will lead to more people earning degrees.

The Graduation Task Force met Wednesday and approved a report that recommends establishing a state-level achievement council that would set long-term goals and publish annual reports.

Other recommendations include creating a seamless transition from community college to universities, and providing funding incentives for schools to improve graduation rates.

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Senate Universities and Colleges Chairman Doug Davis of Hernando says most of the proposals won’t require legislative action.

House Education Chairman Cecil Brown acknowledges Mississippi needs to improve educational attainment, but says the state is on par with the southeastern region.