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Board of Governors Not Happy with USF's Graduation Rates

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During its meeting in Orlando this week, the Board of Governors expressed its displeasure with the University of South Florida's graduation rates.

And if USF doesn't get its act together, the group that oversees the state's higher education system might not approve future tuition increases.

The percentage of first-time-in-college students that graduate in four years from USF is 34 percent. About 50 percent graduate in six years.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, chairman Dean Colson said graduation rates are "too low for a school of your caliber."

If it's not better in a couple years, perhaps USF should put further tuition hikes on hold. The goal is to get those rates up to 38 percent and 56 percent, respectively, within three years.   USF provost Ralph Wilcox said it's a work in progress. "This isn't something we've just awakened to," Wilcox said.

USF has 46 percent of students who are eligible for federal Pell Grants - an indication that the students come from low-income households. This means many students have to work while in school and taking longer to graduate.

To read the rest of the story and how USF compares with the University of Florida, click here.