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MSU sets new standards for undergraduates by 2019

Published On: Jan 18 2013 06:42:48 PM MST   Updated On: Jan 18 2013 06:53:45 PM MST
BOZEMAN, Mont. -

Montana State University plans to up the undergraduate graduation rate by nearly 15 percent. Currently, the graduation rate sits at 51 percent. MSU wants it increased to 65 percent by 2019.

The rate is calculated by looking at first-time, full-time freshmen who receive a Bachelor's degree within six years.

The plan calls for increases to summer programs, peer mentoring and advising. It's all devised to help students build a stronger community and personal connection with the University.

NBC Montana interviewed The University Provost, Martha Potvin. Potvin said the ultimate goal is to get the students out of college and into the work force faster.

We also checked how Montana State compares with its rival across the divide.

University of Montana graduation rate is 44 percent.

Its 2012-to-2020 strategic plan calls for improving that number to 60 percent.