Student Right to Know


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. 

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 students who started at the college in the fall of 2013. 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 within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from Ridgewater, 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. The 594 first-time, full-time students in the study were 16 percent of all students enrolled at Ridgewater in fall of 2013.

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 44 percent
  • The transfer-out rate for RC was 18 percent
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for Ridgewater was 62 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 42 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

44%

18%

62%


Race Ethnicity



American Indian or Alaska Native

*

*

*


Asian

*

*

*


Black or African American

28%

49%

77%


Hispanic of any race

40%

19%

58%


Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

*

*

*


Nonresident Alien 
 *

 

Two or more races

*
*

*


Unknown race and ethnicity

*

*

*


White

47%14%62%

Gender



Female

47%

18%

65%


Male

42%

18%

60%


Financial Aid



Pell Grant Recipient

41%

17%

58%


Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans

50%17%67%

Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 

41%24%65%

*Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up. 





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