By Amy Dalyrymple
The Forum

Edna Szymanski takes it personally if a student doesn’t graduate.

The Minnesota State University Moorhead president appointed a task force to find out why the university’s graduation rate is lower than the rate at similar schools.

And now she wants to use that data to start fixing it.

The university task force on retention and graduation rate improvement issued its first report last week.

It found that in a comparison of 15 similar universities, MSUM ranked 13th with its six-year graduation rate of 40 percent.

Improving that graduation rate is one of Szymanski’s highest priorities as president.

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