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Feds Measure Graduation Rates of Part-time and Transfer Students for the First Time

The National Center for Education Statistics is out this morning with a major development in higher education data, results from the Outcome Measures survey. The survey for the first time ever shows how part-time and transfer students in college are progressing toward graduation. Historically the federal government has only tracked outcomes measures — namely graduation rates — for first-time, full-time college-goers. But those students account for fewer than half of college students, and the data out today provide a much more complete picture than we’ve ever had before. “These changes help respond to those who feel that the [first-time, full-time] graduation rates do not reflect the larger student population, in particular public 2-year colleges that serve a larger, non-traditional college student population,” Gigi Jones, who directed the survey, wrote about the new report.