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|
|First-time, Full-time Cohort||64%||62%||65%||69%||70%|
|First-time, Part-time Cohort||48%||47%||51%||49%||53%|
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|
|Success Rate (Combined)||33%||35%||37%||36%||34%|
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|