US government considers new criteria to evaluate PSE completion rates

April 16, 2012

The US Education Department has announced it will evaluate new criteria to measure PSE graduation rates. The measurements, which are reported into the Integrated Postsecondary Educational Data System, may consider transfer students, part-time learners, and those who are not attending PSE for the first time. Community colleges have long argued that failing to account for these students lowers their completion rates, and does not recognize that many students attend community colleges with the goal of transferring, rather than graduating. While community colleges are happy with these changes, they note that the department will be "taking steps" and "examining the feasibility" of broadening the criteria, and it could be months before any changes are implemented. Inside Higher Ed