ERIC Number: ED404977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Study of Time-to-Degree in Maryland.
Maryland State Higher Education Commission, Annapolis.
This report examines the length of time it takes Maryland students to earn a baccalaureate at a public college in the state, the factors that might delay degree progress, and alternative strategies for reducing time-to-degree. Among new full-time freshmen at Maryland's public four-year campuses since 1980, most took longer than 4 years to earn a bachelor's degree. One-fourth of the freshmen who entered a four-year campus in 1989 had achieved a baccalaureate 4 years later, half had bachelor's degrees after 5 years and 58 percent after 6 years. The average number of credits taken by full-time Maryland students is 14, a rate that will not result in degree attainment in 4 years. Transfer students from community colleges also take longer than the traditional time to earn a bachelor's degree. Of transfers from community colleges during the 1990-91 academic year, only 10 percent had completed degrees 2 years later. The types of factors responsible for longer time-to-degree include external (finances), individual (student's abilities), and institutional (policies). Institutional or state-imposed limits, modified academic policies, and incentives have been suggested as means to reduce time-to-degree. Data tables on trends in graduation rates by campus for Maryland public four-year campuses, summary of focus group interviews, and summary of state actions to reduce time-to-degree are appended. (JLS)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Maryland State Higher Education Commission, Annapolis.
Identifiers - Location: Maryland