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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.

Fall 2012 Cohort of Full-Time Degree/Certificate Seeking Students1
  Harper State of Illinois
  Students Percent Students Percent
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%
Still enrolled 163 11.3% 3,508 11.2%
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.