Colleges Offer 4-Year Graduation Guarantees, but Students Show Little Interest

Colleges Offer Four-Year Graduation Guarantees, but Students Show Little Interest 1

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At the U. at Buffalo, students can sign a pledge guaranteeing that they will graduate in four years. If a student fulfills certain requirements and the university doesn't uphold its part of the bargain, then it will pay the student's tuition for the following year.

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David Duprey, AP Images

At the U. at Buffalo, students can sign a pledge guaranteeing that they will graduate in four years. If a student fulfills certain requirements and the university doesn't uphold its part of the bargain, then it will pay the student's tuition for the following year.

Starting next fall, the University at Buffalo will challenge students to reach an important yet elusive goal: graduate with a degree in four years.

To increase its four-year graduation rate, which stands at 45 percent, the university has created a pledge guaranteeing that students will finish in no more than four years. If a student signs and fulfills all the requirements—which include completing prerequisite courses on time, maintaining good academic standing, and meeting with