Educational Technology

August 25, 2011

How long does it take students at colleges and universities to complete their bachelor’s degrees?

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:31 am

by IES National Center for Educational Statistics

Approximately 57 percent of first-time students who sought a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent and enrolled at a 4-year institution full time in fall 2002 completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent at that institution within 6 years. By comparison, 55 percent of students in an analogous cohort who began seeking a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in fall 1996 graduated within 6 years. The bachelor’s degree completion rates for students who began seeking a bachelor’s degree at 4-year institutions in fall 2002 varied by the control of institution. Graduation rates were highest at private not-for-profit institutions, followed by public institutions and private for-profit institutions. For example, the 6-year graduation rate at private not-for-profit institutions was 65 percent, compared with 55 percent at public institutions and 22 percent at private for-profit institutions. At both public and private not-for-profit 4-year institutions, the 6-year graduation rates for females who enrolled in fall 2002 were higher than the rates for males. At private for-profit institutions, however, the 6-year graduation rate was higher for males than females. Bachelor’s degree completion rates for students who sought a bachelor’s degree at 4-year institutions and enrolled in fall 2002 also varied by race/ethnicity. Asian/Pacific Islander students had the highest 6-year graduation rate, followed by White, Hispanic, Black, and American Indian/Alaska Native students.

This begs the question, how can technology help?

http://nces.ed.gov/fastfacts/display.asp?id=40

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