Five years ago, Missouri State University hoped it would be awarding 4,900 degrees and certificates a year by 2021. That seemed like a lofty goal at a time when the annual number awarded was just 4,238.
MSU president Clif Smart announced Friday that the university hit 4,880 degrees and certificates last year, just 20 shy of that future goal.
“We are very close to our goal,” he told the MSU Board of Governors. “I hope next year we surpass that and you tell us to set a new goal.”
MSU officials acknowledged the university still has room to improve in other measures, which are tracked closely and reported publicly each year. These measures include the percentage of students graduating within six years and freshman retention. MSU fell short on both of those goals.
However, the university has made significant strides in increasing the percentage of its faculty and staff who are international or members of historically underrepresented groups.
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