ERIC Number: ED373643
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-May-26
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Graduation and Time to Degree: A Research Note from the California State University. AIR 1994 Annual Forum Paper.
A profile of graduation rates and time-to-degree was generated for undergraduates entering California State University in fall 1978 or fall 1979, as first-time freshmen (n=53,445) and community college transfer students (n=44,992). The profile analyzes: (1) the proportion of new students who ultimately graduate; (2) the distribution of degrees over time; (3) the average time-to-degree for new students; and (4) the extent to which time-to-degree is prolonged by the stop-out phenomenon (leaving school for one or more terms). Sixty percent of all upper division transfer students and nearly half of all first-time freshmen emerged with baccalaureate degrees. Twelve percent of the transfer students took 6 years or longer to earn their degree, and 10 percent of the freshmen took 8 years or longer. The average elapsed time to degree was about 3.5 years for transfers and 5.5 years for freshmen. Stopping out contributed half of a year to the elapsed time among transfers and added two-thirds of a year to the elapsed time among freshmen. These findings represent benchmarks for a public university with moderately selective admission requirements. (JDD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: AIR Forum; California State University
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association for Institutional Research (34th, New Orleans, LA, May 29-June 1, 1994).