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||1503||427||28.41%||448||29.81%|
|American Indian or Alaska Native||4||1||25.00%||1||25.00%|
|Black or African American||60||6||10.00%||23||38.33%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||6||2||33.33%||4||66.67%|
|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 2014 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.