Graduating on time poses challenge to college officials

Providence, R.I. – For many working to improve higher education in the U.S., getting students into college is just part of the battle. Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. students seeking a bachelor's degree fail to get it after 6 years.

It's a problem President Obama highlighted in a recent speech, and it's the focus of a national conference of State Higher Education Executive Officers this week in Providence.

Michael McPherson is president of the Spencer Foundation, which funds research on education, and co-author of the book "Crossing the Finish Line: Completing College at America's Public Universities." He was also a speaker at this week's conference. He stopped by WRNI's studio to discuss college access and completion rates.