Georgia Regents to college presidents: Improve graduation rates | jacksonville.com
Georgia has an odd higher-education system. There is one chancellor and one Board of Regents for the whole state. There are unusual “efficiencies” built into the system, like only one medical school and only one engineering college, publicly funded in the whole state. But this is someplace where I appreciate the power of the unusual structure — the Board of Regents pushing the whole state to get graduation rates up.
Two of every five high school seniors receiving acceptance letters this spring will drop out of the Georgia public colleges they enroll in next fall rather than graduating some time in the next six years, according to state figures.That 59 percent graduation rate prompted the Board of Regents, which governs the state’s public schools through the University System of Georgia, to create a task force. Not willing to delegate the issue to staff, regents Willis Potts, Larry Ellis and Felton Jenkins are meeting individually with every college president by the end of August.