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
|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%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||0|
|Black or African American||51||9||17.65%||19||37.25%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||1||0||0.00%||0||0.00%|
|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.