10/24/2012 08:32 AM
BATON ROUGE – LSU’s six-year graduation rate has increased to 66.7 percent, the highest
in the university’s history, according to the LSU Office of Budget and Planning.
This year’s graduation rate surpasses the average of its peers in the latest available
Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB report. Should LSU maintain that position
when the SREB report is issued that calculates the same cohort reflected in LSU’s
new mark, it will be the first time in LSU history that its graduation rate is higher
than the average of its SREB peers.
“LSU has been welcoming the best and the brightest students from around the state
and beyond, and we are proud to see them complete their degrees at higher rates than
ever before,” said LSU Interim System President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins.
“While seeing increased graduation rates is a positive, there is still work to be
done. We will continue to work hard to make sure our students are successful in their
LSU’s graduation rate has nearly doubled over the past 20 years. In 1993, the university
reported a graduation rate of 39.4 percent for freshmen who entered in 1987. New freshmen,
who entered the university in 2006, represent this year’s graduation rate of 66.7
percent, a jump of nearly 5 percent from last year’s reported graduation rate of 61.9
This marks five years in a row that LSU has reported a graduation rate of more than
60 percent, and the 66.7 percent is a new all-time high graduation rate percentage
for the university.
“This is a testament to the hard work put in by our faculty, staff and the students
themselves,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “One of the
goals of the Flagship 2020 plan is to enhance a faculty-led and student-centered learning
environment that develops engaged citizens and enlightened leaders. There is no better
measure of this than seeing our students graduate at higher levels than ever before.”
The six-year graduation rate includes full-time, degree-seeking new freshmen who enrolled
in the fall semester or prior summer term. The Integrated Postsecondary Education
Data System, or IPEDS, Graduation Rate Survey includes those students who successfully
complete a transfer preparatory program, including pre-nursing and pre-allied health
For more information, visit the LSU Budget & Planning website at http://www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/.
IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s
National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS gathers information from every college,
university and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal
student financial aid programs.
For more information on IPEDS, visit http://nces.ed.gov/ipeds/.
Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012