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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 2015 Cohort of Full-Time Degree/Certificate Seeking Students

  Cohort Number who graduated with a degree or certificate within 150% of normal time Graduation Rate Number who transferred to another institution Transfer rate
Harper College  1408 460 32.7% 359 25.5%
Community Colleges in Illinois* 27821 8519 30.6% 5810 20.9%
Gender Disaggregation
Female 622 269 43.2% 135 21.7%
Male 786 191 24.3% 224 28.5%
Race/Ethnicity Disaggregation
American Indian or Alaska Native 2  - - - - - - - -
Asian 142 46 32.4% 48 3.8%
Black or African American 70 10 14.3% 24 34.3%
Hispanic/Latino 382 109 28.5% 74 19.4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2 - - - - - - - -
White 743 278 37.4% 193 26.0%
Two or more races 54 13 24.1% 14 25.9%
Race and ethnicity unknown 13 4 30.8% 3 23.1%
Financial Aid Disaggregation
Recipients of a Pell Grant 544 158 29.0% n/a n/a
Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant 52 18 34.6% n/a n/a
Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan 812 284 35.0% 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, College of Lake County, Elgin CC, Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley CC, Oakton CC, and Triton CC.