University's six-year graduation rate hits record high
OU’s six-year graduation rate has jumped 3.3 percent to 67.8 percent, making it the highest in state history for a public university.
This latest number represents the graduation rates for students who entered the university in 2005.
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The climb signifies how OU is taking its place among the nation’s top universities, President David Boren said in a press release.
A 3.3 percent increase is substantial, said Becky Heeney, director of Graduation Office.
“Even a 1 to 2 percent jump is nice,” Heeney said.
The university has seen relatively consistent increases during the past 20 years, Heeney said.
“We were really hopeful for a [large] increase, and I see nothing but positive in our future,” she said.
The combination of the student body’s academic excellence and university programs that facilitate graduation has contributed to the increase, Heeney said.
One program in particular, OU Cares, focuses on the roadblocks students face on their path to graduation, including financial woes and time management issues. Heeney said the program has offered a resource network to teach students about the graduation process.
Graduation rates are calculated based on the percent of first-time, full-time students who graduate within six years.