Public Colleges Pledge To Raise Number Of Graduates, And Seek Help In Doing So

Nearly 500 of the nation's public four-year colleges have committed to increasing the number of baccalaureate-degree holders by 3.8 million by 2025. But the colleges need help from the federal and state governments to reach that goal, say higher-education leaders.

The public colleges' pledge was announced on Tuesday in a conference call with college presidents and officials at two organizations that represent the colleges: the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

In signing on to the effort, called "Project Degree Completion," the institutions are promising to do their part to help 60 percent of adults earn a college degree by 2025.

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