Texas outlines plans to boost 4-year grad rate

Associated Press

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A new University of Texas report says the school can raise 4-year graduation rates to 70% with better early academic advising for students and other proposals, such as offering flat-rate summer tuition rates.

Those are just 2 of the dozens of ideas outlined in the Wednesday report

Texas currently graduates about 53% of its students in four years. School President Bill Powers wants that rate up to 70% by 2016.

The report says quicker graduation saves money for students allows the schools to bring in more new students every year.

The report is the latest response to recent criticism of state universities by Gov. Rick Perry and conservative critics who have questioned schools over research, teaching, cost and graduation rates.