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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 North Hennepin Community 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 North Hennepin students who started at the college in the fall of 2009. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from North Hennepin within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from North Hennepin, 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 North Hennepin. The 771 first-time, full-time students in the study were 10 percent of all students enrolled at North Hennepin in fall of 2009.

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

  • The graduation rate for North Hennepin was 18 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for North Hennepin was 33 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for North Hennepin was 51 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 38 percent. 

Why don’t more North Hennepin students graduate or transfer in three years?

  • Since North Hennepin has an “open door” mission, many new students need to take “developmental” courses to improve their reading, writing or math skills before taking other college courses;
  • 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;
  • Some students take jobs before they graduate;
  • Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.

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

North Hennepin
Community College

Graduation
Rate

Transfer-out
Rate

Combined
Rate

Total Cohort

18%

33%

51%

Race Ethnicity

American Indian
or Alaska Native

*

*

*

Asian

16%

27%

43%

Black or
African American

8%

54%

62%

Hispanic
of any race

21%

24%

44%

Native Hawaiian
or Other Pacific
Islander

*

*

*

White

22%

31%

53%

Two or more races

11%

32%

43%

Nonresident Alien

*

*

*

Unknown race
and ethnicity

*

*

*

Gender

Female

20%

38%

58%

Male

17%

28%

45%

Financial Aid

Pell Grant
Recipient

14%

35%

50%

Received Subsidized
Stafford Loans,
but no Pell

19%

35%

53%

Received neither
Pell nor Subsidized
Stafford Loans

22%

29%

52%

*Suppressed to protect student privacy.

 

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