Nebraska, Iowa Graduation Rates Look Better In New Report
A report by the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center fills in a gap that college administrators have long complained about: that U.S. Education Department statistics on graduation rates capture only traditional freshmen. Students who enroll with some credits already under their belt, who finish their degree elsewhere or who continue to attend after six years are absent from the numbers found on the Education Department’s College Navigator website or a university’s own factbook. Taking those students into account can mean a double-digit increase in the percentage of a state’s students who earn a degree. The research center’s data show that more than 64 percent of students who enrolled in a four-year Nebraska college in 2008 had a degree within six years. In Iowa, that number was nearly 80 percent.