The Student Right-to-Know Act of 1990 is a federal law that specifies that higher education institutions participating in federal student financial aid programs must disclose graduation and transfer rates to current and prospective students. Federal regulations designate the method for calculating the rates and require annual reports to the National Center of Education Statistics.
What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer rate?
To calculate the most recently reported rates, the college tracked a group of students who started at the college either Summer or Fall of 2009. This group included only those students who had never attended any college previously and were enrolled full-time in a program leading to a certificate, diploma, or associate degree during Fall 2009. Greenville Tech had 1,971 students who met the criteria.
The graduation rate is the percentage of those students who graduated from a diploma or certificate program within one and a half years or from an associate degree program within three years. The transfer rate is the percentage of those students who transferred to another college or university within three years without receiving an award from Greenville Tech.
What else should I know about these rates?
- These rates do not report on all students at the college
- The 1,971 students who were tracked were only 43.4% of the students new to Greenville Tech in Fall 2009.
- Thus, these rates do not represent the success rates of the entire student population, nor do they account for student achievements occurring beyond the three-year tracking period.
What are the rates for Greenville Tech?
The graduation rate was 8.3%.
The transfer rate was 24.4%.
In addition, another 13.8% of the remaining students were still enrolled at Greenville Tech in Fall 2012.
Why don't more Greenville Tech students graduate or transfer?
- Since Greenville Tech has an "open door" admission policy, many students need to upgrade their skills before enrolling in the courses required for their major.
- Students who switch from full-time enrollment status to part-time enrollment status for one or more semesters are more likely to require more time to graduate.
- Changing majors may delay graduation.
- Some students take jobs before they complete the program requirements to graduate.
- Other students delay their education for personal, family, or financial reasons.
- The goal of some students in the tracking group may be to take courses to obtain additional job skills or for personal interest (rather than to earn a certificate, diploma, or degree).
Questions related to this information should be directed to the Department of Quality and Planning at (864) 250-8478.