AUSTIN (AP) - A new University of Texas at Austin report says the school can raise four-year graduation rates to 70 percent with better early academic advising for students and other proposals, such as offering flat-rate summer tuition rates.
Those are just two of the dozens of ideas outlined in the Wednesday report.
Texas currently graduates about 53 percent of its students in four years. UT President Bill Powers wants that rate up to 70 percent by 2016.
The report says quicker graduation saves money for students and allows the schools to bring in more new students every year.
The report is the latest response to recent criticism of state universities by Gov. Rick Perry and conservative critics who have questioned schools over research, teaching, cost and graduation rates.
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The freezing and near-freezing rain that swooped into Central Texas overnight prompted numerous school closings and delays and made for a harrowing morning commute on Friday.
Cold temperatures forecast for Saturday morning have prompted Georgetown officials to cancel the parade associated with the annual Christmas Stroll. The Stroll, however, will go on.
A Lago Vista couple faces child endangerment charges after authorities found their home covered in feces and garbage.
A man is charged with murder in the shooting death Wednesday of a woman at a North Austin auto repair shop, police said Friday.
It's the first criminal charge following a yearlong criminal investigation into the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.
The man who fell into a flood control channel and drowned last month was identified Friday as 57-year-old Ronald M. Allen.