MADISON (WKOW) -- At least two University of Wisconsin campuses are working to boost the number of students graduating within four years, in part by limiting the number of credits required for degrees.
Administrators at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, in Menomonie, limited credits required for most degrees to 120, down from 124 to 130 credits. Four engineering programs require more credits because of accreditation requirements.
"We heard the concern over the rising cost of higher education loud and clear," UW-Stout Chancellor Charles Sorensen said. "These changes will allow our students to graduate in four years while still giving them the exceptional and rigorous education they and their future employers have come to expect from us."
Officials at UW-Eau Claire are also aiming to have more students graduate in four years. About four-fifths of that school's programs require 120 credits for graduation.
About 21% of the students who enrolled as freshmen at UW-Stout in 2007 graduated in four years. The rate at UW-Eau Claire was about 27% for the 2007 incoming class. Overall, the UW System four-year graduation rate for 2007 freshmen was nearly 29%. UW-Madison's was much higher, at 55%.
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