Nevada's two public universities have a graduation rate lower than 50 percent, and the state's community college students graduate at the lowest rate in the West, according to a report from the Nevada System of Higher Education.
The graduation rates are based on a six-year period.
Only 45 percent of the universities' freshman classes in 1998
graduated by spring 2004.
That's up 7 percentage points since the freshman class of 1992.
System officials said the low numbers reflect a systemwide
problem with retaining and graduating students in a service economy
that doesn't require higher education degrees to earn a decent
Community colleges in the state had a 10 percent graduation
rate; only 10 percent of the student body who entered in 2001 was
able to graduate in three years.
According to the Western Interstate Commission, Nevada had the
lowest percentage of students out of 15 states graduating with
associate degrees or certificates during that period.