New US data shows increase in graduation rates for two-year students

January 6, 2016

A new tracking method created by the US-based National Center for Education Statistics has found that completion rates for students attending two-years colleges are on the rise. Under this new method, NCES extended the tracking period from 100% to 200% of the normal time students take to earn an associate degree. The shift in tracking period resulted in an increase in graduation rates for full-time, first-time undergraduates from 18% to 36% in 2010. Rates also increased for students at fewer-than-two-year institutions, from 38% to 67%. An NCES report from 2010 found that 17% of students earning an associate degree completed in the traditional two years while 43% completed in two to three years; another 40% finished in three to six years. Inside Higher Ed | Report