Right to Know

Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

What is Student Right-To-Know?  
Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at South Central College.

What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer-out rate? 
Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of South Central students who started at the college in the fall of 2011. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree, diploma or certificate at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from South Central within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from South Central, but instead transferred to another college or university within three years.

What do I need to know about these rates? 
These rates do not report on all students at South Central. The 429 first-time, full-time students in the study were 11 percent of all students enrolled at South Central in fall of 2011.

What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for South Central students and how do they compare to rates for other colleges?

  • The graduation rate for South Central was 24 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for South Central was 19 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for South Central was 42 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 39 percent.

Why don’t more South Central students graduate or transfer in three years?

  • Some students take jobs before they graduate;
  • Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or “stop out” for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than three years to graduate;
  • Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.

Disaggregated Student Right-to-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates

South Central College

Graduation Rate

Transfer-Out Rate

Combined

Total Cohort

24%

19%

42%

Race Ethnicity

 

 

 

American Indian or Alaska Native

*

*

*

Asian

*

*

*

Black or African American

*

*

*

Hispanic of any race

15%

15%

31%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

*

*

*

Nonresident Alien

*

*

*

Two or more races

27%

20%

47%

Unknown race and ethnicity

*

*

*

White

26%

19%

44%

Gender

 

 

 

Female

22%

25%

47%

Male

25%

13%

38%

Financial Aid

 

 

 

Pell Grant Recipient

19%

17%

37%

Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans

30%

20%

50%

Received subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell

25%

20%

45%

*Suppressed to protect student privacy.

 

Student Persistence and Completion

 

FY 2011

FY 2012

FY 2013

Number of students in Fall Entering Cohort

715

680

666

Percent Persisting, Transferring, or Graduating by Second Fall

66.2%

70.4%

70.4%

 

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