Douglas Shapiro, Executive Research Director
National Clearinghouse Research Center
Dr. Shapiro based his discussion on the recent publication Completing College: A National View of Student Attainment Rates – Fall 2007 Cohort.
Graduation rates that are reported nationally count students who change institutions as drop outs, but NCES data suggests that students often go on to complete degrees at other universities. Put another way, about 25% of student success is counted as institutional failure.
NCES tracks students as they switch universities, so can assess graduation rates regardless of where a students is enrolled. Continue reading