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UC is helping students return to complete degrees

UC Merced student and degree completion ambassador Liliana Barron with her husband, Manuel Barron-Nava, a transfer student at the university, and their two children.

Though UC’s graduation rate is high, with more than 86 percent completing their undergraduate studies, there are students each year who leave without earning their degrees. While they withdraw from college for many reasons, a recent study found that UC stop-outs are overwhelmingly interested in returning to complete their degrees.

UC’s Degree Completion Program aims to remove those barriers. Figuring out the best way to do that will provide a model that other universities and colleges can follow, and it represents a significant opportunity for both personal and societal transformation.

“This is one of the most important efforts the University of California is engaged in right now,” says UC Provost Katherine Newman. “It’s a major equity issue, and higher education is one of the most important levers we have for changing the landscape of inequality.”

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