LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Data from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education shows that the four-year college graduation rate has steadily increased in the past five years.
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that 27.6 percent of the more than 16,600 students who enrolled for the first time at a four-year institution in fall 2011 graduated in four years.
The most recent numbers are a jump from the 23.1 percent of students who enrolled in fall 2007 and earned a degree in four years, as well as the 23.6 percent of students who enrolled in fall 2009 and graduated at the same pace.
The state's six-year graduation rate, at 39.7 percent, fell slightly in 2015 compared with the previous year, but has remained steady in the past five years.
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