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03/29/06 - Lufkin

Commissioner of Higher Education Visits AC

by Ramonica R. Jones

Texas students lag far behind the national average when it comes to pursuing higher education. The Commissioner of Higher Education talked to Angelina College students and faculty about his 2005 report.

The study found about 46 percent of Texas students go on to college within about 15 months after high school graduation. About 60 percent of students nationwide continue their education after high school.

Raymund Paredes said, "We're way behind where we need to be in terms of college graduation rates. We're way behind in terms of the number of students who go to college out of high school and we're way behind in the percentage of our adult population in Texas that has achieved a college degree."

Paredes believes immigration to the state is one of the reasons Texas falls behind the national average. He sayid many immigrants have have low levels of education.

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