Arizona universities work on plan to award more bachelor's degrees

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PHOENIX -- There is good news for future college students. All three state universities are working on a plan to award more bachelor's degrees.

The new plan is called 2020 Vision and it will go before the Arizona Board of Regents in December.

Records show that more than 120,000 students attend Arizona's universities annually and of those, about 18,000 graduate with bachelor's degrees.

But regents say those numbers aren't enough to keep up with the national average.

In Arizona, the number of adults 25 and older who have at least a bachelor's degree is 3 percent below the national average of 28 percent.

To meet the national average, regents suggest Arizona's university system would need to grow 60 percent in the next 12 years.