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National Peers – Graduation and Transfer

Graduation Transfer Rate

Many students attend college with the intention to earn a credential or prepare for university transfer or both.   The combined graduation and transfer rate is the percentage of a *student cohort who complete a PCC degree/certificate or who transfer to a university without a PCC credential within a fixed time period.  The Peer group referenced below consists of twelve community colleges similar to PCC.

Almost 40% of first time college degree/certificate-seeking students enrolled full-time fall 2017, completed a PCC credential and/or transferred to a university by fall 2020.  Combined graduation transfer rates among national peers ranged from a low of 33% to a high of 50% and seven colleges had a higher graduation transfer rate than PCC.

3-Year Graduation Transfer Rate Combined
Fall Cohort Group Peer Range (low to high) PCC Grad/Transfer Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2017 (by 2020) (33%  –  50%) 39% 7 colleges
2016 (by 2019) (34%  –  53%) 42% 6 colleges
2015 (by 2018) (32%  –  52%) 39% 9 colleges
2014 (by 2017) (33%  –  53%) 35% 8 colleges
2013 (by 2016) (20%  –  52%) 33% 9 colleges
Graduation Rate

Approximately 20% of first time college credential-seeking students enrolled full-time fall 2017, completed a PCC credential by fall 2020.  Some of these students may have transferred to a university as well.

3-Year Graduation Rate
Fall Cohort Group Peer Range (low to high) PCC Graduation Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2017 (by 2020) (20%  –  37%) 20% 12 colleges
2016 (by 2019) (21%  –  35%) 22% 10 colleges
2015 (by 2018) (18%  –  38%) 21% 8 colleges
2014 (by 2017) (15%  –  32%) 15% 11 colleges
2013 (by 2016) (13%  –  33%) 16% 9 colleges
Transfer (no degree) Rate

Almost 20% of first time college credential-seeking students enrolled full-time fall 2017 transferred to a university by fall 2020 before completing a PCC degree or certificate.

3-Year Transfer Rate
Fall Cohort Year Peer Range (low to high) PCC Transfer Rate Peers w/higher rates than PCC
2017 (by 2020) (4%  –  28%) 19% 2 colleges
2016 (by 2019) (9%  –  27%) 20% 3 colleges
2015 (by 2018) (8%  –  30%) 18% 3 colleges
2014 (by 2017) (9%  –  30%) 20% 3 colleges
2013 (by 2016) (4%  –  30%) 17% 3 colleges

*The student cohort is defined by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) as a group of students who attend college for the first time in a fall term, enroll full-time that term and have declared they are enrolling to pursue a college credential.

Data Source:  IPEDS, Graduation Rates (150% time) Report