Student Right to Know Act

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 2018 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 1,478 559 37.8% 304 20.6%
  Community Colleges in Illinois* 27,733 9,043 32.6% 5,499 19.8%
Gender Disaggregation          
  Female 658 285 43.3% 127 19.3%
  Male 820 274 33.4% 177 21.6%
Race/Ethnicity Disaggregation          
  American Indian or Alaska Native 5 -- -- -- --
  Asian 212 89 42.0% 50 2.4%
  Black or African American 60 10 16.7% 16 26.7%
  Hispanic/Latino 391 139 35.5% 57 14.6%
  Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 5 -- -- -- --
  White 738 293 39.7% 167 22.6%
  Two or more races 53 17 32.1% 10 18.9%
  Race and ethnicity unknown 14 4 28.6% 3 21.4%
Financial Aid Disaggregation          
  Recipients of a Pell Grant 555 212 38.2% n/a n/a
  Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant 34 11 32.4% n/a n/a
  Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan 889 336 37.8% n/a n/a

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey
*State totals are from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) for the 2017 IPEDS cohort

Completion data released by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) through the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) in spring 2022 disclose how full-time students who entered Harper College in fall 2017 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 (71.8%) than both the State-wide average (64.4%) and the average for our peer institutions** (62.2%).

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.

Last Updated: 3/10/23