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Albany Tech looks at ways to increase graduation rates

ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

Finding ways to increase the graduation rate is one of the goals of this week's strategic planning session at Albany Technical College.     

Dr. Anthony Parker says they hold these sessions twice year to make sure the college is moving in the right direction.

On Wednesday, an expert from California who's worked with community colleges for more than 50 years, worked with the staff on potential improvements.

He says many students in Georgia graduate with more credits than they need because their pathway isn't clearly laid out from the start.

"So they are accumulating a lot of credit without being clear on what their pathway is and so one of the things we are talking about today is how can you accelerate students, how can you get more of them to be involved in a full time way and how can we serve them by helping them make good choices," says Terry O'Banion, with the Community College League of Innovation.

O'Banion says that Albany Tech is ahead of most community colleges, and ranks among the top 5 percent in the country.

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