Tuesday, November 12, 2013

APLU Announces Winners of Inaugural Project Degree Completion MVP Awards

Georgia State University, Florida International University, and San Francisco State University Honored for Taking Great Strides Toward Increased Graduation Rates as Part of ‘Project Degree Completion’

November 12, 2013--As part of its ongoing effort to increase degree completion rates, the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU) today announced Georgia State University, Florida International University and San Francisco State University as the inaugural winners of the Most Visible Progress (MVP) National Degree Completion Awards during a ceremony at the organization’s 126th annual meeting. The honors are designed to both reward the efforts of those universities for successfully retaining and graduating students while promoting those schools as models for other institutions to follow. The new awards also serve to further enhance APLU’s ‘Project Degree Completion’ -- a joint effort with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) to achieve a national goal of having 60 percent of U.S. adults possesses a bachelor’s degree by 2025.

“Our member institutions recognize the need to identify the best ways to increase degree completion in order to truly make a difference in the lives of students and the country overall. Georgia State University, Florida International University San Francisco State University, and many other public institutions are making great strides in educating our future generations and will publicly detail how they are achieving their strong retention and degree completion success,” said APLU President Peter McPherson. “Universities are undertaking this degree completion initiative from different starting