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ERIC Number: ED518694
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jun
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
Have They Finished? Time-to-Degree of Freshmen Entering UC and CSU in Fall 2000. Working Paper WP/06-02
California Postsecondary Education Commission
The time taken for students to complete their degrees is a persistent concern. A bachelor's degree is often thought of as being a four-year program, but many students take well over four years to graduate. Slow progress toward graduation is costly to students, who often have to take out loans for tuition and living costs. In addition, prolonged enrollment by students who are already working on their degrees may limit the number of new students that can be admitted to the university systems. This paper examines the time-to-degree of freshmen entering the California State University and the University of California in fall 2000. This analysis focuses on full-time students who are entering university shortly after high school. The focus of this paper is full-time students, but it is also important to assess the progress of students who enroll part time or intermittently. In some cases, part-time or intermittent enrollment is a student choice--for example, when students have family commitments or careers outside of their university education. The Longitudinal Data System can be used for a broader examination of enrollment patterns that will help identify the obstacles to continued enrollment and progress toward a degree.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Postsecondary Education Commission
Identifiers - Location: California