Herndon, Virginia (PRWEB) December 16, 2013
In its second annual college completions report, the National Student Clearinghouse® Research Center™ found that more than half, 56.1 percent, of first-time degree-seeking students who enrolled in fall 2007, completed a degree or certificate within six years, including 13.1 percent who completed at an institution other than the starting institution. Exclusively full-time students completed at a rate of 78 percent, with 67 percent graduating from the starting institution and 11 percent from somewhere else. Overall results were similar to the 2012 completions report findings.
The report is based on student-level data voluntarily made available to the Clearinghouse by its more than 3,500 participating colleges and universities. In return, the Clearinghouse provides institutions with cost-saving education verification and reporting services. As a result, the Clearinghouse is uniquely able to perform analyses using student-level data, which overcomes the limitations of institution-based research.
This report focuses on first-time degree-seeking students who started their postsecondary education in fall 2007, and tracks their enrollments nationwide for six years, through the spring 2013. Nontraditional student pathways are included, giving a fuller picture of actual student behavior. For the first time, dual enrollment students, freshmen who entered college with prior experience in college-level courses obtained while they were in high school, are also included in the study. In another first, the 2013 report provides breakdowns by gender. Finally, the report acknowledges that nontraditional students often take longer to complete college through the inclusion of a supplemental feature that provides follow-up seven-year outcomes for the fall 2006 cohort (versus the traditional six-year length of study).
Findings in the 2013 report include:
“Conventional approaches fail to capture the complexity of student behavior because they look only at the starting institution where the student first enrolled. By adding the multiple institutions that an individual student may have attended, as well as gender, age, dual enrollments, and seven-year completion rates, we can see how each institution contributes in its own way to student outcomes,” stated Dr. Doug Shapiro, Executive Research Director, National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.
About the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center
The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center is the research arm of the National Student Clearinghouse. The Research Center collaborates with higher education institutions, states, school districts, high schools, and educational organizations as part of a national effort to better inform education leaders and policymakers. Through accurate longitudinal data outcomes reporting, the Research Center enables better educational policy decisions leading to improved student outcomes.
To learn more, visit http://nscresearchcenter.org/.
College Completions Hold Steady in 2013,
as Pathways to Completion Become More Diverse
First-Time Study of Dual Enrollment Students Reveal 66 Percent Completion Rate,
12 Percent Higher Than That of Non-Dual Enrollment Students