Graduation Rates by Entering Class Year
Full-Time First-Year (FTFY) Students
|Entering Year||Entering Total||Within 4 Years||Within 5 Years||Within 6 Years|
|Fall 2015||920||431 (47%)||555 (60%)||569 (62%)|
|Fall 2016||930||417 (45%)||544 (59%)|
|Fall 2017||1,118||451 (40%)|
About this table:
The accompanying chart presents graduation rates for the three most recent entering FTFY classes that have had the opportunity to complete baccalaureate degree requirements within the conventional four-year time frame. For the class entering in Fall 2015, four-, five-, and six-year completion rates are displayed; for those entering in Fall 2016, four- and five-year rates; and for Fall 2017 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 2021. 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 has required institutions to disclose completion and graduation rates of full-time certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students to current and prospective students since July 1, 1993. Students are considered to have completed or graduated if they fulfill 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.
Fredonia has undertaken retention studies to determine returning and graduation rates for each new entering 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 1,061 full-time FTFY students entering Fredonia in Fall 2014, 662 (62%) completed program requirements and were awarded baccalaureate degrees within six years. Of these FTFY students, 49% received their degrees within four years and 61% were awarded their degrees 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 262 students (28%) of the original entering class transferred to another 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 2020, four students remained enrolled at Fredonia in pursuit of their baccalaureate degrees.
The six-year attrition (or status-unknown) rate, therefore, is calculated to be 10% (89 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.