University of Memphis President testifies at congressional hearing Thursday


MEMPHIS, Tenn. ( – Success rates at the University of Memphis are in the national spotlight. University president David Rudd testified Thursday before a congressional committee in Washington D.C.

Rudd and other leaders in higher education discussed a variety of topics, including the cost of college, retention, and graduation rates.

Lawmakers praised the U of M Research Foundation’s ventures program, which prepares students for jobs in high demand. Rudd answered questions on how it could help serve as a model for universities across the country.

“It provides a pathway for those students to get practical experience while they’re in school, work for a reasonable wage that lowers the demand for them to work 30+ hours. Focus on academics,” said Rudd. “Of the students that have worked for these different companies, each of the graduates we’ve had over the course of the first two years, have moved on to work full time for those companies.”

President Rudd also highlighted how the U of < is helping students get through the financial process so they won’t end up owing more than bargained for.

Watch the full committee hearing HERE.

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