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

Federal Student-Right-to-Know regulations call for colleges and universities to report the graduation and transfer rates of "full-time, first-time degree or certificate-seeking undergraduates entering the institution on or after September 1, 1996."  These rates are based on degree completion or transfer-out within "150% of normal time," which for a two-year institution would be three years. These rates do not include those students who may have taken longer than three years to graduate or transfer.

In reviewing these rates, it should be noted that Chesapeake College is a two-year public community college which has adopted an open admissions policy in keeping with its philosophy of providing citizens with access to postsecondary education. Thus students attend the College with a wide variety of goals including exploring transfer or career courses/programs and obtaining associate degrees and certificates.

The source for the following Chesapeake College graduation and transfer-out rates is the Graduation Rate Survey (GRS), a report submitted annually to the U.S. Department of Education. In the 2011 cohort of first-time, full-time degree or certificate-seeking students at Chesapeake, 18 percent graduated within 150 percent of normal time and another 30 percent transferred to another two or four-year college or university. The combined graduation and transfer rate was 48 percent. An additional 11 percent of students from the cohort were still enrolled at Chesapeake at the three-year mark.

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