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 2014 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 1334 384 28.79% 350 26.24%
Gender Disaggregation
Female 585 204 34.87% 148 25.30%
Male 749 180 24.03% 202 26.97%
Race/Ethnicity Disaggregation
American Indian or Alaska Native 0        
Asian 103 28 27.18% 37 35.92%
Black or African American 51 9 17.65% 19 37.25%
Hispanic/Latino 290 73 25.17% 61 21.03%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1 0 0.00% 0 0.00%
White 650 215 33.08% 175 26.92%
Two or more races 39 12 30.77% 8 20.51%
Race and ethnicity unknown 200 47 23.50% 50 25.00%
Financial Aid Disaggregation
Recipients of a Pell Grant 517 127 24.56% n/a n/a
Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant 37 15 40.54% n/a n/a
Did not receive either a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan 780 242 31.03% n/a n/a

Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey

Completion statistics released by the Illinois Community College Board in fall 2017 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.