Student Right to Know


Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates


What is Student Right-To-Know?


S
tudent 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


Ridgewater College

Graduation 
Rate

Transfer-out 
Rate

Combined 
Rate


Total Cohort

14%

20%

34%


Race Ethnicity



American Indian or Alaska Native

*

*

*


Asian

15%

19%

34%


Black or African American

6%

27%

34%


Hispanic of any race

10%

18%

28%


Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

*

*

*


Nonresident Alien 
 *

 

Two or more races

7%
16%

23%


Unknown race and ethnicity

*

*

*


White

24%17%42%

Gender



Female

16%

21%

38%


Male

12%

19%

31%


Financial Aid



Pell Grant Recipient

11%

19%

30%


Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans

22%22%44%

Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 

26%24%50%

*Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up 100 percent





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