AUSTIN (AP) – A new University of Texas report says the school can raise four-year graduation rates to 70 percent with better early academic advising for students and other proposals, such as offering flat-rate summer tuition rates.

Those are just two of the dozens of ideas outlined in the Wednesday report

Texas currently graduates about 53 percent of its students in four years. School President Bill Powers wants that rate up to 70 percent by 2016.

The report says quicker graduation saves money for students allows the schools to bring in more new students every year.

The report is the latest response to recent criticism of state universities by Gov. Rick Perry and conservative critics who have questioned schools over research, teaching, cost and graduation rates.

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