President Obama is calling on governors across the country to improve their states' college completion rates and boost the national average by 2020.
College administrators in south Georgia say being active in retaining students is the key to achieving the goal.
Thomas University Provost Dr. Ann Landis says, "It really takes the institution's caring about how you helped make education a part of students' lives ... it's not something that happens because you hope that students lives will change in ways that make them more motivated."
In 2009, just over 400,000 adults in Georgia had college degrees.
The federal government says it hopes to raise that number by 300,000 over the next nine years