The University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University are among exceptions to the graduation rates found in the College Scorecards recently released by the U.S. Department of Education.
Antonelli College-Jackson, Millsaps College and Mississippi College also have graduation rates above 50 percent. Mountain College's rate is right at 50 percent.
The Clarion-Ledger (http://on.thec-l.com/YuGyqt ) reports that some students rack up thousands of dollars in student loan debt without a diploma.
The numbers also have troubling implications for Mississippi's economic outlook. A more educated population typically translates into higher income and more people paying more taxes.