Monday, January 3, 2011

Officials Salute Significant Rise in Graduation Rates

Ferris State University president David Eisler congratulates a graduate during a ceremony in Big Rapids. (FSU Photographic Services)

A recent study released by The Chronicle of Higher Education showed that Ferris State University graduation rates, during a six-year period from 2003 to 2008, experienced a nine-point rise in percentage points – the 15th-best improvement in the nation.

The graduation rates, according to a study released Dec. 5, are calculated as the percentage of all first-time, full-time students entering in the fall semester pursuing bachelor’s degrees who completed their bachelor’s degrees within the six-year period. As part of the study, The Chronicle compared graduation rates at four-year institutions for a six-year period that ended in 2008 with the rates at the end of 2003. In 2002, Ferris’ graduation rate was listed at 28 percent. During the six-year period, Ferris’ rates were 34 percent in 2003, 35 in 2004, 34 in 2005, 32 in 2006, 37 in 2007 and 43 in 2008. That change from 2003 to 2008 is illustrated by a nine-point rise.

Ferris President David Eisler sees the results of the study as indicative of students capitalizing on statewide academic opportunities the university offers students.

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