A two-year cohort (the latest entered in Fall 2013), and
A six-year cohort (entered in Fall 2009)
The measurements are slightly different for the two cohorts, but overall they both are gauging student progression, completion and transfer, along with developmental (pre-college coursework) progress.
which shows the progression of credit-seeking students (those who completed at least 12 credits within their first two years) who entered in Fall 2009.
You can see that 29% of these students received a North Central degree (some also transferred [w/xfer]) and 7% received a certificate.
A substantial portion, 31%, transferred without receiving a degree or certificate [w/o xfer]—still a successful outcome for the student.
The black arc superimposed on the chart indicates the sum of the awards and/or transfers of 67% within six years for this cohort.
The progression of the students changes considerably when we consider all students or first-time-in-any-college students that entered in Fall 2009. The overall success rate can drop by as much as 10% for these groups. Clearly, completing 12 credits greatly improves students’ chances of progressing.
Transfers include all other colleges to which students go, including other two-year colleges. When one restricts the definition of “transfer” to just four-year senior institutions, the numbers can fall by as much as one-third. While we’re happy to see students continue their education anywhere, we’re especially pleased when it’s at a four-year college or university.
Historically, 25% – 30% of incoming North Central students eventually transfer to a four-year school.
While these values reflect progress after six-years, most awards and/or transfers occur within three or four years.