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Some Fla. College Grad. Rates Deemed Unacceptable

FORT MYERS (CBSMiami/AP) — While some schools have shown progress, the new chairman of the Florida Board of Governors said graduation rates at some Florida universities were unacceptable.

Mori Hosseini was especially critical of the graduation rate of Florida A&M University in Tampa and Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton.

FAMU has a reported six-year graduation rate of just 39 percent, while FAU's rate is 40 percent. For comparison, the graduation rate at the University of Florida-Gainesville is 86 percent.

Hosseini also pointed that only 42 percent of all students graduate within four years.

Hosseini, who gave a "State of the System" speech, wants university trustees across the state to do a "stress test" of each university. Hosseini says each university needs to review every program and every degree to see if students graduate on time and get jobs.

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