UTPB sees graduation spike

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ODESSA, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – The University of Texas of the Permian Basin is seeing what they are calling an “unprecedented accomplishment.”

Graduation numbers have spiked at the University, up 24 percent from last year, as well as enrollment numbers.

Officials say more than 1,400 students will graduate in 2019, an all-time high for UTPB.

“We are committed to serving this region and our most important contribution is graduating more students who can fill our workforce gaps and become engaged citizens. Our smart, savvy, and hardworking graduates are ready to help this region reach its full potential. Record growth in the number of graduates is the most important indicator of success for this University,” President Dr. Sandra Woodley said. “We know this is the accomplishment that really changes lives and transforms our region.”

Additionally, the University says they are seeing a spike in another area; First-time college students are attending UTPB.

The stats show a six percent increase in first-time college students attending UTPB.

“We continue to be laser focused on graduating more students. Nothing is more important than that. Earning a college degree will have a lasting impact on generations of families. Our strategies are working and we will remain steadfast in recruiting more first time students to UTPB and ramping up our transfer collaborations with Odessa and Midland Colleges. We are very happy with our progress, but not yet satisfied—there is still much work to do. We are excited about the future for UT Permian Basin,” Dr. Woodley said.

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