Student Right to Know

Graduation and Transfer Rates

The Federal government, under the Student Right to Know Act, requires that all colleges and universities report the proportion of full-time students who complete programs within 150% of the normal time required for completion. For Harper College, a community college with two-year programs, that time period is three years for associate degrees and proportionately less for certificates.

Fall 2016 Cohort of Full-Time Degree/Certificate Seeking Students

 

 

Cohort

Degree or certificate completed within
150% of normal time

Graduation Rate

Number who transferred to another institution

Transfer rate

Overall

 Harper College

1,516

511

33.7%

371

24.5%

 Community Colleges in Illinois*

27,821

8,519

30.6%

5,810

20.9%

 

Gender Disaggregation

Female

681

273

40.1%

145

21.3%

Male

835

238

28.5%

226

27.1%

 

Race / Ethnicity Disaggregation

American Indian or Alaska Native

3

--

--

--

--

Asian

182

63

34.6%

76

41.8%

Black or African American

62

7

11.3%

18

29.0%

Hispanic/Latino

396

116

29.3%

60

15.2%

Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

4

--

--

--

--

White

786

308

39.2%

191

24.3%

Two or more races

54

12

22.2%

15

27.8%

Race and ethnicity unknown

29

5

17.2%

9

31.0%

 

Financial Aid Disaggregation

Recipients of a Pell Grant

593

190

21.3%

n/a

n/a

Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant

44

18

40.9%

n/a

n/a

Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan

879

303

34.5%

n/a

n/a

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey

*State totals are from the Illinois Community College Board GRS report 2019

Completion statistics released by the Illinois Community College Board in fall 2019 disclose how full-time students who entered Harper College in fall 2015 compared with other community college students in Illinois.  Harper College students had completed, transferred, or were still enrolled three years later at a higher rate (71.0%) than both the State-wide average (62.9%) and the average for our peer institutions** (65.3%).

If these students were followed for four years rather than three years, the transfer and graduation rates would increase. Three years is a relatively short time frame for community college students, many of whom are working full-time or part-time; others may leave school temporarily for work or family reasons; or they may change their program of study; and some students may require developmental coursework upon admission. All of these factors tend to delay events like graduation or transfer.

**Peer institutions include College of DuPage, Joliet Junior College, College of Lake County, Moraine Valley CC, Oakton CC, and Triton CC.

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