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D. Student Outcomes

1. Graduation Rates
a. Two-Year Graduation Rate

This is an additional category requested by NJ Higher Education. Previously, community colleges have been required to report graduation rates within 150% of the catalog time; in other words, a three- year graduation rate. According to the data reported for the 2009 cohort, there were 669 entering first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen. After two years, 61 of these students or 9.1 percent completed their programs and graduated with a degree or certificate. In addition, after three years, 22.1 percent completed degrees or certificates and 14.5 percent transferred prior to receiving degrees or certificates.

According to the Student Right to Know data for the Fall 2009 entering cohort, another 117 students were still enrolled at the college as of Fall 2012 and 183 or 27.4 percent left in good standing with a GPA of 2.00 or above. The total number of students who graduated, transferred prior to graduation, remained enrolled, or left in good standing was 81.3 percent.

b. Three-year Graduation and Transfer Rates by Race/Ethnicity

Three-year graduation and transfer rates include the number of entering first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshmen who entered the college in the Fall of a specific year and three years later either received a degree or certificate or transferred to another institution prior to receiving a degree.

Three-Year Graduation & Transfer Rates for Full-Time First-Time Degree-Seeking Freshmen by Race/Ethnicity
Fall 2009 - 2012
White
African American
Hispanic
Asian
Alien
Other*
Total
Fall 2009 Cohort
364
154
137
8
0
6
669
Graduation after 3 yrs. Number & %
111
(30.5%)
9
(5.8%)
26
(19.0%)
2
(25.0%)
0
(0.0%)
0
(0.0%)
148
(22.1%)
Transfer after 3 yrs. Number & %
60
(16.5%)
21
(13.6%)
13
(9.5%)
3
(37.5%)
0
(0.0%)
0
(0.0%)
97
(14.5%)

Other includes American Indians, Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander, 2 or More Races and Unknown.
Source: IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey


2. a. Third Semester Retention Rates for Entering First-time Students by Attendance Status
Previously, the Retention Rate data requested by NJ Higher Education included data by race/ethnicity. For the current Institutional Profile, NJ Higher Education has requested retention data for full-time and part-time students. The data included in the tables that follow are for first-time entering degree-seeking students who entered in one fall semester and the number who returned the following fall semester. Rates are provided separately for full-time and part-time students. 

Full-Time
Part-time
Fall 2011 First Time Undergraduates
Retained in Fall 2012
Retention Rate
Fall 2011 First Time Undergraduates
Retained in Fall 2012
Retention Rate
631
418
66.2%
183
80
43.7%


Source: IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey, Part E




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