MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (AP) — Middle Tennessee State University is making efforts to increase its graduation rate. Just over half its students are currently completing college within six years.
According to the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, 53 percent of MTSU students who began in fall 2004 graduated by 2010. That was fourth best among the state's four-year public universities. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, was tops with 67 percent. Tennessee Tech had a 55 percent graduation rate, and UT-Martin's rate was 54 percent.
Nearly half of students enrolling at MTSU don't graduate and nearly a fifth don't make it past freshmen year.
Higher Education Commission Policy Adviser David Wright told the Daily News Journal that the school's graduation rate is improving. In 2006, the six-year graduation rate was only 47 percent.