ERIC Number: ED394611
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Standard (Student-Right-to-Know) and Alternative Measures of VCCS Graduation Rates, Spring 1996.
McHewitt, Earl R.
This report describes graduation rates for the Virginia Community College System (VCCS) in 1994-95 using three different measures: cohort analysis, time to graduation, and a ratio of curriculum students to awards. The first section compares the use of two cohort analyses to determine graduation rates for students who entered in fall 1990. In the first method, the standard method used by the VCCS, career studies certificates are not included in the cohort, while in the second method, based on Student-Right-to-Know (SRK) regulations, career studies certificates are included but certificates earned after 2 years are not. This section indicates that using the "standard" cohort analysis, 18.2% of a cohort of 6,499 fall 1990 students graduated, while according to the SRK method 17.9% of a cohort of 6,594 students graduated. The second section examines completion rates in terms of the number of years and terms 1994-95 graduates took to complete a degree. This section indicates that 25% took 3 years to finish a two-year award, while the average median number of terms taken was 8 and the average median number of years was 4. The third section presents a simpler method of calculating a 1994-95 graduation rate, forming a ratio of the number of awards granted to the number of curriculum-placed students enrolled within the same year. Using this method, 14% of the curriculum-placed students in 1994-95 received awards. (TGI)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Virginia State Dept. of Community Colleges, Richmond.
Identifiers: Graduation Rates; Virginia Community College System