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Wayne State Doubles Graduation Rate, But More Work To Be Done

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Once exhibiting the worst graduation rates in the country, Wayne State’s numbers are now on the rise.

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Wayne State University’s six-year graduation rate just a few years ago was 26%, the worst in the country for a public university. The six-year rate is the value to focus on as it is the common metric used throughout higher education. 

I think that the only way to improve numbers like this is everybody gets involved.” — M Roy Wilson, Wayne State University

After the implementation of intentional programming, six-year graduation numbers have since doubled to just over 50%, a vast improvement but with work still need to be done on the comparatively low four-year graduation rates. 

Listen: Wayne State University President on improving graduation rates.  

Wayne State University President M Roy WilsonJake Neher/WDET
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Wayne State University President M Roy Wilson


M Roy Wilson, President of Wayne State University, says the school set a goal of achieving a 50% graduation rate by 2021, something Wayne State is on track to achieve by the end of summer. 

Wilson says Wayne State enacted a number of programs, including expanding advising capabilities, to address the low graduation rates.

I think that the only way to improve numbers like this is everybody gets involved,” says Wilson.   

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