Michigan is a national front-runner in calculating and reporting postsecondary success rates for its public institutions. Michigan’s 15 public universities and 28 community colleges already self-report aggregate student data to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) collection for the U.S. Department of Education. IPEDS is a nationally recognized source for college graduation and completion data, but limits its measurement to first-time full-time students in its calculations. The Center for Educational Performance and Information (CEPI) began collecting student-level data starting with the 2009-10 enrollment class via the Student Transcript and Academic Record Repository (STARR) and the National Student Clearinghouse StudentTracker. In cooperation with the Michigan Association of State Universities, the Michigan Community College Association and participants from various public universities and community colleges across the state, CEPI worked to identify more consistent and reliable measures to calculate the state rates.
Postsecondary Success Rates show the number of degree-seeking students achieving successful outcomes at Michigan’s public universities and community colleges. These rates capture both part- and full-time enrollment, as well as mobility between institutions. Achievement of a four-year degree from a university, a two-year degree from a community college or transfer to a university from a community college are all considered successes. The rates also contain a comprehensive success rate to showcase other successes such as earning a certificate, earning a bachelor’s degree at a community college, or earning an associate’s degree at a university.
Last Updated July 2016
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