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Student Achievement

The federal government collects data on all colleges through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Cohorts are established as first-time, full-time undergraduate students and evaluated on various outcomes measures. After one year, the IPEDS cohort is evaluated on retention rates.

IPEDS First-time Cohort Retention Rates

% of students still enrolled or completed by following fall
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
First-time, Full-time Cohort 64% 62% 65% 69% 70%
First-time, Part-time Cohort 48% 47% 51% 49% 53%

First time cohort graph


After 3-years, or 150% of normal time from beginning at the institution, IPEDS collects graduation and transfer out data of the cohort.

IPEDS First-time, Full-time Cohort Success Rates

% of students that started as full-time freshman that completed or transferred within 3-years
2012 2013 2014 2015 2016
Cohort Count 2,121 2,076 2,137 2,066 1,931
Graduation Rate 14% 14% 16% 18% 18%
Transfer Rate 19% 21% 21% 18% 16%
Success Rate (Combined) 33% 35% 37% 36% 34%

3 year graduation rates

The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), recently expanded their survey collections to include 6-year and 8-year outcomes as well as transfer out information and still enrolled at institution data at the 8-year mark. The Outcome Measures survey explores additional full-time and part-time student cohorts including first-time and transfer in students, labeled as non-first-time. These expanded cohorts and completion time frames provide a new perspective on college progression and tell a better story of the successes of community colleges.

Cohort 2008 6-year Award Rate 8-year Award Rate Still enrolled at your institution after 8-years Did not receive an award and subsequently enrolled at another institution within 8-years
Full-time, First-time 31% 33% 3% 27%
Part-time, First-time 13% 16% 2% 27%
Full-time, Non-first-time 39% 41% 1% 36%
Part-time, Non-first-time 31% 33% 1% 32%