Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
What is Student Right-To-Know?
Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC).
What is graduation rate and what is
Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of Rochester Community and Technical College students who started at the college in the fall of 2011. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree, diploma or certificate at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from RCTC within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from RCTC, but instead transferred to another college or university within three years.
What do I need to know about these
These rates do not report on all students at Rochester Community and Technical College. The 940 first-time, full-time students in the study were 16 percent of all students enrolled at RCTC in fall of 2011.
What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Rochester students and how do they compare to rates for other colleges?
- The graduation rate for RCTC was 20 percent.
- The transfer-out rate for RCTC was 29 percent.
- The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for RCTC was 49 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 56 percent.
Why don't more Rochester students graduate or transfer in three years?
- Since RCTC has an “open door” mission, many new students need to take “developmental” courses to improve their reading, writing or math skills before taking other college courses;
- Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or “stop out” for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than three years to graduate;
- Some students take jobs before they graduate;
- Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.
Disaggregated Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates - 150% of Normal Time
|Rochester Community & Technical College||
|Total Fall 2011 Cohort||20%||29%||49%|
|Students of Color||10%||31%||41%|
|Disaggregated Rates by Race/Ethnicity|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||NR||NR||NR|
|Black or African American||6%||41%||47%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||NR||NR||NR|
|Two or more races||10%||23%||33%|
|Race and ethnicity unknown||NR||NR||NR|
Students of Color Includes: Hispanic/Latino, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Black or African American, Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, Two or more races students
"NR" indicates Not Reported: Disaggregated rates for race groups not reported to protect student privacy. Due to low count of a group's starting cohort, completers, or transfers the disaggregated rates are not reported.
Data: IPEDS 2014 Reported Figures
Prepared by: RCTC Institutional Research