Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
What is Student Right-To-Know?
Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Ridgewater College (RC).
What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer-out rate?
Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of Ridgewater College students who started at the college in the fall of 2012. The study includes all first-time, students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree, diploma or certificate at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from Ridgewater College within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from Ridgewater College, but instead transferred to another college or university within three years.
What do I need to know about these rates?
These rates do not report on all students at Ridgewater College. The 748 first-time, full-time students in the study were 7 percent of all students enrolled at RC in fall of 2012.
What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Ridgewater College students and how do they compare to rates for other colleges?
- The graduation rate for RC was 14 percent
- The transfer-out rate for RC was 20 percent
- The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for RC was 38 percent
- The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for RC was 34 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 40 percent.
Why don’t more Ridgewater College students graduate or transfer in three years?
- Since RC has an “open door” mission, many new students need to take “developmental” courses to improve their reading, writing or math skills before taking other college courses;
- Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or “stop out” for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than three years to graduate;
- Some students take jobs before they graduate;
- Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.
Disaggregated Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates
American Indian or Alaska Native
Black or African American
Hispanic of any race
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
|Nonresident Alien || *||* ||* || |
Two or more races
Unknown race and ethnicity
Pell Grant Recipient
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell
*Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up 100 percent