About this chart:
The accompanying chart presents graduation rates for the three most recent entering
freshmen classes that have had the opportunity to complete baccalaureate degree requirements
within the conventional four-year time frame. For the class entering in Fall 2008,
four-, five-, and six-year completion rates are displayed; for those entering in Fall
2009, four– and five-year rates; and for Fall 2010 entering students, degree recipients
within four years after admission. These data were collected for all three entering
cohorts at one point in time, as of Fall 2013. For additional information, contact
the Office of Institutional Research Planning and Assessment at (716) 673-4806.
Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act:
Federal legislation relating to student consumer rights requires all institutions participating in federal student assistance programs to compile and publish completion and graduation rates. The information-gathering requirements are contained in legislation known as the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991.
Title I of the Act requires institutions to disclose completion and graduation rates of full-time certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students to current and prospective students by July 1, 1993 and annually hereafter. A student is considered to have completed or graduated if he or she fulfills the program’s requirements within 150 % of the normal time allotted for the program, that is six years for baccalaureate programs. Institutions may also augment these completion rates with information concerning students who left the institution prior to completion, and enrolled, within 150 % of the normal time allotted for completion, in a program at an eligible institution for which the prior program provided substantial preparation.
It is important to recognize that students withdraw from college for various reasons, among which are academic, medical, personal, social and financial problems. Completion of degree requirements in more than four years, the normal time allotted for the baccalaureate degree, does not necessarily mean continuous enrollment during this interval but rather reflects the time span measured from the student’s initial enrollment through degree completion, and where appropriate, includes interruptions in attendance.
SUNY Fredonia has undertaken retention studies to determine returning and graduation rates for each new entering first-time first-year (FTFY) class. These cohort statistics are updated annually by tracking entering classes through the institution over time to arrive at retention figures and ultimately, graduation or completion rates.
Of the 1,183 full-time FTFY students entering SUNY Fredonia in Fall 2008, 792 (67%) completed program requirements and were awarded baccalaureate degrees within six years. Of these FTFY students, 48% received their degrees within four years and 65% were awarded their degree within five years after admission.
In addition to these graduates, the legislation considers students transferring to other institutions as successful outcomes. Statistics provided by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System indicates within the six-year time frame, an additional 258 students (22%) of the original entering class transferred to another SUNY institution.
Of those students who had not received a degree from Fredonia or had not transferred in six years, a number were still enrolled/persisted at the institution. As of Fall 2014, eight students remained enrolled at SUNY Fredonia in pursuit of their baccalaureate degrees.
The six-year attrition (or status-unknown) rate therefore is calculated to be 11% (125 students) of the entering class. This figure reflects those students who left the institution without a degree and were not known to have transferred to another institution.