UA expects higher graduating class

Apr 25, 2013 -- 9:00am


- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The University of Alaska system plans to hand out about 4,400 degrees, certificates and endorsements this spring. UA, in a news release, says it's seen a steady increase in numbers over the past five years. For the 2009 academic system, the system awarded about 3,400 degrees, certificates and endorsements across its campuses. UA says there's growing demand from parents and students to know how much earning a degree will cost. UA has a program aimed at educating students on the benefit of graduating in fewer years for less money, but says that requires students pick programs or majors early and stick with them. UA also says it's working with Alaska high schools and helping develop a database to track students so that any concerns can be addressed before they graduate.

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