BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — LSU President and Chancellor, F. King Alexander, announced that the university’s six-year graduation rate is 69.1 percent, which is an all time high.
The rate is up from last year’s 66.7 percent.
“Raising our graduation rates to this level while maintaining academic excellence underscores LSU’s value,” Alexander said.
In 2013, LSU surpassed the average graduation rate of its peers in the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) for the first time ever. This year, the school has once again beat the latest SREB average of 65 percent.
“We also graduated the second largest class in LSU history, meaning we were more successful than we’ve ever been and with a larger number of students,” Alexander added.
LSU awarded 6,093 degrees in the 2012-13 academic year, a number second only to their 2011-12 year in which 6,251 degrees were awarded.
Alexander explained that this success is good for the country as it competes with other countries.
The university has implemented more rigorous admission standards over the years, and this marks six straight years that the school has reported a graduation rate above 60 percent.
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