February 2017 Data Nugget

February 23rd, 2017 - 4:05pm
COM’s Graduation and Completion Rates 

The College is responsible for reporting student outcomes to the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CO) and the U.S. Department of Education (IPEDS). Both agencies publish COM’s student completion rates, but define “completion” differently and include a different set of students in their calculations. 

The most recent completion statistics are available for students who started COM in 2010. The comparison below shows the difference between the IPEDS graduation rate and CO completion rate for the 2010 cohort. The IPEDS rate is much lower and includes students earning an AA/AS degree at COM within three years. The CO rate spans six years and includes students who transferred to a four-year institution. See PRIE’s Fact Book for rates by race/ethnicity and gender. 



Graduation Rate: 


Fall 2010 Cohort N=274

Definition: % of first-time, full-time degree- or certificate- seeking students in Fall 2010 who earned a degree or certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing their program.
Note: "Normal time" to earn an Associate degree is two years, so 150% is completion within three years. "Normal time" for certificate programs varies.


CCC Chancellor's Office Scorecard

Completion Rate:


AY 2010-2011 Cohort N=513

Definition: % of first-time, full-time degree-seeking students starting in AY 2010-2011 who earned a degree or certificate, transferred to a four-year institution, or achieved "transfer-prepared" status (completed 60 transferable units with 2.0 or higher GPA) within six years.