The Arkansas Department of Higher Education is reporting an increase in the state's six-year college graduation rate.
The department says 40.8 percent of students who entered college in 2006 had received a degree six years later - an increase from 39.5 percent last year and up from 37 percent five years ago. Still - more improvement is needed to meet Gov. Mike Beebe's stated goal of doubling the number of Arkansans with a degree by 2025.
Interim higher education department Director Shane Broadway told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that meeting the goal is necessary in order to improve the state's economy.
The department says the state's public universities and colleges awarded 13,988 bachelor's degrees in the 2011-12 school year.