Traditionally, college has been seen as an experience that involved full-time educational pursuit by students who had graduated from high school and continued to college. The traditional measure of education outcome tracked the percentage of students who graduated within 4 or 6 years of entry. This measure of degree completion timeliness is based only on each institution’s cohort of first-time, full-time freshmen and the percentage that have graduated 6 years later.
Nationally, the Consortium for Student Retention Data Exchange (CSRDE) reports that only 58 percent of all students eventually earn a college degree. Metropolitan universities enroll larger numbers of first-generation, adult, part-time, and adult students. As a result, metropolitan institutions typically show lower proportions of students completing their degree based on this “timeliness” measure.
As can be seen, UNO increased the proportion of its freshmen cohort graduating within six years from 37.2 percent in 2004 to 44.7 percent in 2009. In 2010 the rate was 44.8 percent, and in 2011 the rate declined to 43.0 percent. For the 8 year period included in the trend and bar charts, this represents a 15.6 percent improvement in this measure of graduation.
|University of Nebraska at Omaha||37%||38%||40%||41%||43%||45%||45%|
|CUMU Average (10 Institutions)||38%||38%||39%||40%||39%||40%|
|3-Campus NU Average||51%||52%||51%||54%||55%||56%|
Definitions: Percent of Entering Student Cohort Graduating 6 Years Later: Percentage of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students graduating within 150 percent of normal time (4 years).
Sources: All data downloaded from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).