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Graduation and Transfer

Graduation rates are typically based on a group of students known as a cohort, whose educational progress is tracked for a fixed period of time.   However, students may choose to transfer before completing a community college credential.  The following tables detail graduation, transfer before credential completion and combined graduation transfer rates.

Fall cohorts of first time in college, degree-seeking students enrolled full-time are tracked for one and one-half time (i.e. 2-year degree = 3 years, 1-year certificate = 1.5 years, etc.) the length of their program.

Fall Cohort 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
Graduation Rate (150% time) 16.4% 14.8% 20.5% 21.8% 20.1%
Transfer (no degree) Rate 16.7% 20.3% 18.3% 19.8% 19.0%
Combined Graduation Transfer Rate 33.1% 35.1% 38.8% 41.6% 39.1%
  • Graduation rates range from 14.8% (2014 cohort) to a record high of 21.8% (2016 cohort).
  • The percentage of cohort students who transfer before completing a PCC credential range from 16.7% (2013 cohort) to 20.3% (2014 cohort).
  • Combined graduation transfer rates increased from 33.1% (2013 cohort) to an all time high of 41.6% (2016 cohort) before a decline to 39.1% (2017 cohort).

Equity Gaps by Gender

Equity gap refers to any disparity in a metric like graduation rate or term-to-term persistence along racial, socioeconomic, gender, or other major demographic groupings.  These gaps lead the college to ask “what processes, policies, strategies, etc. are in place that create or exacerbate these disparities? ” rather than “what is the student doing wrong?”

2017 Cohort rates by Gender Gender Range   (low to high) Equity Gap
Graduation 18.3% to 22.0% (male to female) 3.7% points
Transfer 17.5% to 20.3%  (female to male) 2.8% points
Combined GradTransfer 38.6% to 39.1% (male to female) 0.5% points
  • Females graduate at a higher rate than males and are less likely to transfer before completing a PCC credential than males.
  • Males and females have similar combined graduation transfer rates.

Equity Gaps by Race/Ethnicity

2017 Cohort rates by Race/Ethnicity Race/Ethnicity Range   (low to high) Equity Gap
Graduation 11.6% to 22.9%  (Black/African American to Multi-Racial) 11.3% points
Transfer 13.0% to 22.1% (Hispanic/Latino to Black/African American) 9.1% points
Combined GradTransfer 29.2% to 43.8%  (Hispanic to Asian) 14.6% points
  • Students who identify as Multi-Racial have a higher graduation rate than other race/ethnicity groups.
  • Black/African American students are more likely to transfer before completing a PCC credential than other groups.
  • Asian students have the highest combined graduation transfer rate.

    Race/Ethnicity Group

    Combined Graduation Transfer Rate
    2015 2016 2017
    *American Indian/Alaska Native 21.4% 40.0% 23.1%
    Asian 42.6% 56.4% 43.8%
    Black or African American 42.9% 36.4% 33.7%
    Hispanic or Latino 37.3% 39.1% 29.2%
    *Native Hawaiian/Pacific Island 23.1% 50.0% 25.0%
    Two or more races 41.3% 42.0% 42.4%
    Not Reported 39.7% 39.3% 35.5%
    White 42.5% 43.4% 42.8%


*Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander and American Indian/Alaskan cohorts each include fewer than 17 students.

Data Source:  Integrated Postsecondary Data Systems (IPEDS), Graduation Rate Report