On average, over the past 4 years:
- 43% of Schoolcraft students transferred to another college within 3 years*
- 18% of Schoolcraft students graduated within 3 years*
How does Schoolcraft’s performance compare to other colleges?
Schoolcraft’s combined graduation and transfer-out rate of 61% is nearly 10% higher than the average of all other community colleges in the state (61% vs. 52%). Go Ocelots! But our work is far from done – Schoolcraft is working hard to improve these numbers to support YOUR success.
Data source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Report, 2013-2014; Michigan.gov Education Dashboard
*The federal government requires graduation rates to be calculated based on students completing a program within 150% of normal program time – which is 3 years for a 2-year associate degree/certificate program and 2 years for a 1-year certificate program.
Why should I care about graduation rates?
Graduation rates are one piece in the puzzle to gauge how well a college supports students to achieve academically. While it’s a good idea to check out colleges’ graduation rates, it’s important to know that it’s not the whole story.
What do I need to know about graduation rates?
- It’s complicated to measure success of community colleges. Unlike 4 year universities, students come to community colleges for a wide range of reasons – not always to earn a degree. Graduation rates don’t tell the success story of students who achieved their goals by completing courses to learn new skills but didn’t intend to earn a degree.
- Some students take jobs before they graduate, switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or take a break from college for a variety of reasons. These students are likely to take longer than three years to complete a degree, which reduces Schoolcraft’s overall graduation rate using the Federal government's’ definition.
Who do these numbers include?
- There are many limitations to consider when you look at these numbers. These rates only measure a small group of students, only including full-time students trying to earn a degree/certificate who started in the fall semester and haven’t attended college before.
- The first-time, full-time students in the study only represent 19% of all students enrolled at Schoolcraft College in fall of 2013.
- Federal government regulations require graduation rates and transfer rates to be calculated this way so all colleges do it consistently, allowing you to make comparisons about performance.