Montana's improved college graduation rates are drawing
The U.S. Department of Education released statistics Thursday
that showedMontanaincreased its number of students graduating
from college by 3.2 percentage points from 2009 to 2010, or
double the rate any other state. The national average was
one-half of one percentage point.Montana's college graduation
rate rose to 40.3 percent in 2010 from 37.1 percent in 2009.
Last month, a report by the Hechinger Report, a nonprofit
news organization covering education, saidMontanaregistered
the biggest improvement of any state in raising the
percentage of 25- to 64-year-olds graduating from college by
6 percent over the past three years. The article said the
rest of the country "barely edged up on this measure by 1
percent," while 15 states lost ground.
"To get a report card like this should be fulfilling and a
sense of pride for allMontana," Gov. Brian Schweitzer said