SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — State education administrators are setting their sights on having more university students graduate within six years. The effort is being called the “Big Goal.” The Deseret News reports the Utah State Board of Regents retention and graduation effort follows a recent Georgetown University finding that by 2018, two-thirds of all jobs in Utah will need employees with a higher education degree or certificate. The Georgetown report finds that only about 49 percent of first-time, full-time Utah freshmen earn a bachelor’s degree within six years. And only 40 percent full-time Utah community college students earn associate degrees within three years. Nationally, ACT college-retention figures are 72 percent for four-year public colleges, and 64 percent for two-year colleges.
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