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South Georgia universities work to improve student retention

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A new report shows Georgia leads the nation in the rate of recent high school graduates enrolling in college, but only half those students will actually get a degree.

Thursday a lunch at Albany State University honored Honor Students who will graduate Saturday.

Albany State's most recent retention rate was 76%.

But the Southern Regional Education Board says Georgia trails the national and regional averages for college completion.

A-S-U officials say students know to get the best job, they need a degree.

[CG :Name\Sherrell Byrd\ASU 1st and 2nd year Experience Coordinator Sherrell Byrd said "So I do think people are going to take their college educations more seriously, and want to see it through completion, so they can get out there and get great careers in their future."

351 students will graduate from Albany State Saturday.

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