March 5, 2012
The Chronicle of Higher Education released an interesting report this morning on graduation rates. There’s a lot to examine here. One of the most interesting things is that the federal definition for graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who enrolled in the fall and completed their degree within “150 percent of normal time.” Unfortunately, according to the Chronicle, that definition applies to only 40% of today’s students. I know it applies to almost none of Capella’s students who are most often working adults seeking a graduate degree.
Still, completion is a critical issue nationally and one we take very seriously at Capella. For those interested, Capella’s graduation rate is just below 50%. We begin tracking the rate after a learner has passed first-course. A link to the Chronicle’s work is below.