- Associated Press - Friday, September 2, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Despite dropping enrollment the University of New Mexico awarded a record number of degrees during the 2015-16 school year.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/2bI3UYf ) that the school awarded a total of 5,674 degrees - up from 5,489 the 2014-15 school year. Of those, master’s and doctorate degrees accounted for 1,362 and 292 degrees, respectively.

Provost Chauki Abdallah says UNM does not track exact graduation figures, but that the university’s four-year graduation last year was on track to exceed 20 percent for the first time in many years.

Abdallah says the high number of degrees can be attributed to changing graduation requirements, increased student services and a more engaged faculty.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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