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Fayetteville State Officials: Higher Academic Standards Paying Dividends

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In a meeting with UNC system officials today, academic administrators at Fayetteville State said that enrollment, retention and projected graduation rates are all up just three years after raising admission and academic standards.

(FSU Provost Jon) Young said the school’s enrollment dropped from 6,692 to 6,217 when the admission standards went up and from 6,283 to 5,781 after the academic standards were raised. But this year, enrollment went up to 5,930, he said.

The percentage of the school’s students with a 2.0 grade point average, which is a C, has gone up in the last four years from 80.3 to 87.7, Young said. The number of graduates has increased from 849 in the 2006-07 school year to 1,025 in 2010-11, he said.

Young said he expects the school’s four-year graduation rate to increase from 11.8 percent last year to 16.8 percent this year. (Fayetteville Observer)