- Associated Press - Monday, May 9, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez still is pushing higher education reforms aimed at increasing college graduation rates.

The Republican on Monday told New Mexico college and university administrators at the National Hispanic Cultural Center in Albuquerque that they should work toward limiting degree paths to 120 credit hours.

She also wants them to consider new ways at helping high school graduates who aren’t ready for college.

Last year, Martinez said New Mexico was “falling short” on graduating college students on time, and universities should consider a number of reforms to battle the state’s high poverty rate.

She told administrators at a higher education summit that universities needed to increase counseling efforts and reduce undergraduate degree programs to 120 hours.

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