ERIC Number: EJ1044974
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Nontraditional Student Graduation Rate Benchmarks
Miller, Nathan B.
Journal of Continuing Higher Education, v62 n3 p141-151 2014
The prominence of discourse on postsecondary degree completion, student persistence, and retention has increased in the national dialogue. Heightened attention to college completion rates by the federal government and pressure to tie state funding to performance metrics associated with graduation rates are catalysts for the discussion. Nontraditional students are a vital factor in increasing national degree completion rates, but there is a lack of data for benchmarks such as graduation rates for these students. This article reviews and compares three databases for nontraditional student graduation rate data. The limitations of each database are discussed; student-level and institution-level data are investigated to better understand the information available for nontraditional student graduation rates; and implications for practice are included.
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Graduation Rate, Nontraditional Students, Postsecondary Education, Databases, Statistical Analysis, Statistical Data, Student Records, Academic Achievement, Academic Persistence, Clearinghouses, Student Financial Aid, Part Time Students, Full Time Students, Cohort Analysis, Transfer Students, College Freshmen, Associate Degrees, Bachelors Degrees, Certification, Time to Degree
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education; Two Year Colleges
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