- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 9, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez says the state is “failing short” on graduating college students on time and universities should consider a number of reforms to battle poverty.

Speaking at her Summit on Higher Education on Wednesday at the University of New Mexico, the Republican governor said universities need to increase counseling efforts and reduce all undergraduate degree programs to 120 hours.

Martinez also said state colleges should consider locking tuition rates for students who stay on a 4-year schedule and work to keep students from “wandering” through various career options.

She says high schools should do a better job to prepare students since many enter college needing remedial work.

The Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education says the state’s six-year college graduation rate 46 percent. Nationally, it’s 69 percent.

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