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ERIC Number: ED513986
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 3
Tracking Students to 200 Percent of Normal Time: Effect on Institutional Graduation Rates. Issue Brief. NCES 2011-221
Horn, Laura
National Center for Education Statistics
The 1990 Student Right-to-Know Act requires institutions to annually disclose graduation rates. To assist institutions in meeting this responsibility, the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) has collected institutional graduation rate data since 1997. Institutions eligible for federal student aid (Title IV funding) are required to calculate and report completion or graduation rates for a cohort of students entering that institution and to disclose these rates to all students and prospective students. The cohort is defined as first-time, full-time, degree- or certificate-seeking students, and the completion rate is calculated as the total number of completers within "150 percent of normal time" divided by the number of students in the cohort. Using this definition, an eligible cohort member in a 4-year institution who finished a bachelor's degree at that same institution in 6 or fewer years and an eligible cohort member in a 2-year institution who completed an associate's degree at that same institution in 3 or fewer years would be counted as completers. Beginning in 2008, to comply with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, IPEDS added a new survey component, called Graduation Rate 200, which collects graduation rates at 200 percent of normal time. This time frame corresponds to completing a bachelor's degree in 8 years and an associate's degree in 4 years. The purpose of this Issue Brief is to report whether this additional time results in higher institutional graduation rates. The author also examines whether the longer time frame particularly changes reported rates for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) or institutions with high Hispanic enrollment (HHE), because previous research has reported lower than average graduation rates for these institutions in the 4-year public and private not-for-profit private sectors. Specifically, this Issue Brief addresses three questions: (1) Are graduation rates reported at 200 percent of normal time higher than those reported at 150 percent of normal time? (2) How does this difference compare with the increase in rates between 150 percent and 100 percent of normal time? (3) Does the longer time frame yield bigger gains in graduation rates for HBCUs and HHEs compared with all other institutions within a given sector? (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 7 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Center for Education Statistics (ED)
IES Funded: Yes