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 2013 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 Overall 1503 427 28.41% 448 29.81%
Gender Disaggregation
Female 679 240 35.35% 173 25.48%
Male 824 187 22.69% 275 33.37%
Race/Ethnicity Disaggregation
American Indian or Alaska Native 4 1 25.00% 1 25.00%
Asian 147 37 25.17% 59 40.14%
Black or African American 60 6 10.00% 23 38.33%
Hispanic/Latino 327 89 27.22% 70 21.41%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 6 2 33.33% 4 66.67%
White 883 276 31.26% 265 30.01%
Two or more races 51 10 19.61% 15 29.41%
Race and ethnicity unknown 25 6 24.00% 11 44.00%
Financial Aid Disaggregation
Recipients of a Pell Grant 581 159 27.37% n/a n/a
Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant 52 15 28.85% n/a n/a
Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan 870 253 29.08% n/a n/a

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey

Completion statistics released by the Illinois Community College Board disclose how full-time students who entered Harper College in Fall 2013 compared with other community college students in Illinois.  Almost 70% (69.6%) of Harper College students had completed, transferred, or were still enrolled three years later.  This is higher than both the State-wide average (61.6%) and the average for our peer institutions* (65.5%). 

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.