BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - LSU is beaming with pride after the latest numbers show the university's six-year graduation rate has increased to 66.7 percent, which is an all-time high.
The LSU Office of Budget and Planning compiled the institute's graduation numbers and released the information.
Interim Chancellor William Jenkins said the mark surpasses the average of LSU's peers in the latest Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) report.
Jenkins added should LSU maintain that position when the SREB report is issued, it will be the first time in the history of the university its graduation rate was higher than the average of its SREB peers.
"LSU has been welcoming the best and the brightest students from around the state and beyond for many years, and we are proud to see them complete their degrees at higher rates than ever before," Jenkins wrote in a letter to the LSU community. "While seeing increased graduation rates is a positive, there is still work to be done. We will continue to work hard to make sure our students are successful in their academic endeavors."
Records show the university's graduation rate in 1993 was 39.4 percent for freshmen who entered in 1987. New freshmen who entered the university in 2006 represent this year's graduation rate of 66.7 percent.
Jenkins also noted this year's mark is a jump of nearly 5 percent from last year's reported graduation rate of 61.9 percent, marking five years in a row LSU has reported a graduation rate of more than 60 percent.
"My sincere thanks go out to everyone who continues to play a role in putting caps and gowns on more LSU students than ever before. Faculty, staff and students are to be commended for reaching this new pinnacle. Our work is never finished, but this is an important indicator that we continue to move in the right direction in bringing the best and brightest students to LSU and in helping them reach their academic potential," Jenkins stated.