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Less than half of Arizona grads eligible for college

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PHOENIX (AP) - Less than half of Arizona high school graduates meet the criteria to enroll in the state's major public universities, a statistic that education officials say hasn't changed in five years.
    
The Arizona Board of Regents released a study Thursday that found 46.5 percent of grads last year were eligible for admission into Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona.
    
That rate in 2009 was 46.7 percent.
    
However, the number of public school graduates increased by 4.1 percent in that same five-year period.
    
Board of Regents President Eileen Klein says the data shows educators need to do a better job of ensuring students are academically prepared to transition to higher education.
    
The report also found that eligibility rates were lower among blacks, Native Americans and Hispanics.

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