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OAKLAND -- University of California graduation and persistence rates are at an all-time high, improving over the past decade even as UC accommodated unprecedented enrollment growth.
According to an annual report prepared by the university, graduation rates increased steadily through Fall 2002, the most recent period available, outpacing national averages and showing particularly strong gains for underrepresented minority students (African Americans, Latino/Chicanos and American Indians).
Within six years of entering as freshman, 77.9 percent of UC students had graduated, up from 72.1 percent for those who entered in 1986. …