Student Right to Know Act
Enrollment, Graduation and Transfer
The Federal government, under the Student Right to Know Act, requires that all colleges and universities report the proportion of full-time students who complete programs within 150% of the normal time required for completion. For Harper College, a community college with two-year programs, that time period is three years for associate degrees and proportionately less for certificates.
|Harper||State of Illinois
|Initial cohort (full-time, first-time, degree/certificate seeking)||1,442||100.0%||31,388||100.0%|
|Completed a degree or certificate||400||27.7%||8,234||24.9%|
|Completed within 150% of normal time||379||26.2%||7,912||23.8%|
|Completed in more than 150% of normal time||21||1.4%||322||1.0%|
|Transferred to another institution||429||29.7%||7,363||24.8%|
|Transferred to a 4-year institution (Percent based on initial cohort of 1,503 for Harper.)||327||22.6%||4,799||15.2%|
|Transferred to a 4-year institution (Percent based on total number of 441 transferring to another institution.)||327||76.2%||4,799||65.1%|
|Transferred to a 2-year institution (Percent based on initial Harper cohort of 1,503.)||102||7.0%||2,564||8.1%|
|Transferred to a 2-year institution (Percent based on total number of 441 transferring to another institution.)||102||23.7%||2,564||34.8%|
|Did not transfer to another institution and are not enrolled||450||31.2%||12,283||39.1%|
|Successful (completed, transferred, or still enrolled)||992||68.7%||19.105||60.8%|
|1 Source: ICCB GRS Report for Harper College 1/16/16 and ICCB GRS Report for the State 1/16/16|
Completion statistics released by the Illinois Community College Board disclose how full-time students who entered Harper College in Fall 2012 compared with other community college students in Illinois. Sixty-six percent of Harper College students had completed, transferred, or were still enrolled three years later.
If these students were followed for four years rather than three years, the transfer and graduation rates would increase. Three years is a relatively short time frame for community college students, many of whom are working full-time or part-time: others may leave school temporarily for work or family reasons; or they may change their program of study; and some students may require developmental coursework upon admission. All of these factors tend to delay events like graduation or transfer.