Four Year Colleges Hope To Again Live Up To The Name

Jan 8, 2014

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Education Advocates are asking Kentucky college students to work harder and graduate within four years.  It's a tradition few students now follow.

The statewide campaign launched this week urges full time college students to take at least 15 hours of credit each semester.  The effort is a sponsored by the state’s colleges and universities and the Council on Postsecondary Education.  Council President Bob King says earning a degree within four years offers numerous benefits. “Time is money when it comes to on time graduation.  Students by graduating on time can avoid the cost of extra semesters, incur less debt, and can get out into the workforce sooner to begin earning hirer incomes,” said King. Part of the effort's success will likely depend on the people who advise students.  Betty Hampton, directs Teacher Certification Student Services at the University of Louisville, says delays can kill a student's dreams of a college degree. “Life gets in the way and they never return to finish their degree or I see them 20 years later trying to finish that dream when it’s very complicated and they have families and mortgages and many other things that they need to take care of,” said Hampton. Council on Postsecondary Education data show three quarters of full-time college students fall behind within two years.  During four semesters at Lindsey Wilson College, Senior Emily Ramage earned 18 credit hours.  As a result, Ramage should graduate this spring with two degrees. “Students view it as well I can take a minimum of 12 and still be involved in activities and everything like that so they think often times that they can just be consistent with that and take 12 credit hours each semester, but sometimes student fail to realize that they won’t get out on time or they may not care about getting out on time,” added Ramage. Announcements pushing students into taking a full-load of classes will run on radio and television throughout the spring.  Kentucky campuses will also launch their own marketing efforts.