UT Grad Rate Gains Trail Enrollment Growth

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- As a measure of success, the University of Tennessee is doing better enrolling students than graduating them.

UT President John Petersen presented an annual report card on the university to the UT Board of Trustees today. It shows some improvement in the graduation rate -- up from 58 percent in 2005 to over 59 percent last year. The goal is 65 percent by 2010.

Meantime, a sharp jump in enrollment to nearly 48,000 students this fall already has UT at its 2010 goal.

Petersen says UT is feeling the enrollment pressure and may come back to the board later with an updated recommendation on the ideal size for the five-campus system.

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