In less than two weeks Kailee Baker will begin her college career, and hopefully select a major.
“I want to try to figure out what I’m doing and like figure it out so I can get done in four years,” said Kailee.
Her sister Jamie, an FSU Junior, is on track to get her degree on-time.
“The longer you take in school the longer you take to get a good job,” said Jamie.
Their mother, Kim says graduating on time is essential, not just because the longer her daughters are in school, the higher the cost, but also to teach responsibility.
Not just financially, I think that if you give them a goal of four years, they need to be completed in four years and not slack off and think they are going to college longer than they should,” said Kim.
Half of freshman at Florida State University graduate in four years. At UF, 60 percent graduate on time. They’re the exceptions. According to the Chronicle of Higher Education, statewide, the average is around 35 percent.
Here at FAMU a sign will welcome new students but so will a troubling statistic; just one out of every 10 incoming freshmen will graduate in four years.
FAMU has the lowest graduation rate of any public university in the state. Interim President Larry Robinson says his number one goal is to rid FAMU of that title.
“That’s my priority to work on the retention, progression and graduation rates of our students. That’s my number one priority,” said Robinson
And if Robinson succeeds FAMU may be rewarded. Next year the University System’s Board of Governors will grant higher tuition increases to school’s that improve graduation rates.