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Graduation and Transfer

Graduation rates are based on a group of students known as a cohort, whose educational progress is tracked for a fixed period of time.   However, some cohort students 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 2014 by 2017 2015 by 2018 2016 by 2019 2017 by 2020 2018 by 2021
Graduation Rate (150% time) 14.8% 20.5% 21.8% 20.1% 17.7%
Transfer (no degree) Rate 20.3% 18.3% 19.8% 19.0% 17.1%
Combined GradTransfer Rate 35.1% 38.8% 41.6% 39.1% 34.9%
  • Graduation rates range from 14.8% (2014 cohort) to a high of 21.8% (2016 cohort).
  • The percentage of students who transfer before completing a PCC credential is lower for the 2018 cohort (17.1% rate) compared to prior listed cohorts.
  • The combined graduation transfer rate of 34.9% (2018 cohort) is also lower than prior rates.

Equity Gaps by Sex

Equity gap refers to any disparity in a metric like graduation rate or term-to-term persistence along racial, socioeconomic, sex, or other demographic grouping.  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?”

2018 Cohort by Sex Range (low to high) Equity Gap
Graduation 15.5% to 20.2% (male to female) 4.7% points
Transfer 16.5% to 17.1% (female to male) 0.6% points
Combined GradTransfer 33.2% to 36.7% (male to female) 3.5% points
  • Females graduate at a higher rate and are less likely to transfer before completing a PCC credential than males.
  • The combined graduation transfer rate for females is higher than that for males.

Equity Gaps by Race/Ethnicity

2018 Cohort by Race/Ethnicity Range (low to high) Equity Gap
Graduation 11.1% to 20.0% (Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander to Asian) 8.1% points
Transfer 5.6% to 26.9% (Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander to Asian) 24.3% points
Combined GradTransfer 16.7% to 46.9% (Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander to Asian) 30.2% points
  • Asian students have higher graduation, transfer before degree completion and combined graduation transfer rates that any other group.
Race/Ethnicity Group Combined Graduation Transfer Rate
2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort
*American Indian/Alaska Native 40.0% 23.1% 30.8%
Asian 56.4% 43.8% 46.9%
Black or African American 36.4% 33.7% 27.7%
Hispanic or Latino 39.1% 29.2% 28.0%
*Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 50.0% 25.0% 16.7%
Two or more races 42.0% 42.4% 31.7%
Not Reported 39.3% 35.5% 33.5%
White 43.4% 42.8% 37.2%

Notes:

*Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander 2018 cohort = 18 students, American Indian/Alaskan 2018 cohort =13 students

Data Source:  Integrated Postsecondary Data Systems (IPEDS)