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Data: Many University of Kansas students graduate in 6 years

October 1, 2018

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — Only 42 percent of University of Kansas students graduated within four years, according to a recent review of graduation data.

The university’s graduation rate grew to 63 percent when tacking on two additional years, the Lawrence Journal-World reported. After spending six years at the University of Kansas, 37 percent of students still haven’t graduated.

“Students may study overseas, or they may change a major or decide on a double major. There are many nuances that affect the numbers,” said DeAngela Burns-Wallace, the university’s vice provost for undergraduate studies.

Each additional year of study costs about $21,500 based on in-state tuition and room and board rates at the Lawrence campus. Figures show that out-of-state students usually have to pay about $38,000 each additional year.

“I have a four-year, out-of-state scholarship, which will expire. I can’t afford not to graduate,” said Sarah Cluff, a senior earning a dual degree in biosciences and German studies.

Burns-Wallace said university officials are trying to improve graduation rates by providing access to mentors, peer advisers and other resources, such as tutoring.

University officials aim to achieve a 70 percent graduation rate, she said.

“We are not there, but we are still trending upward,” Burns-Wallace said. “We have wonderful people and amazing students, and we need to make sure they are connected and leveraged in the right way.”

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Information from: Lawrence (Kan.) Journal-World, http://www.ljworld.com

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