NDSCS ranks 6th in public two-year college graduation rates by the Chronicle of Higher Education
North Dakota State College of Science is ranked No. 6 among two-year public colleges. This national recognition, which was recently released by the Chronicle of Higher Education (CHE) in the report “Large Colleges With the Best 6-Year and 3-Year Graduation Rates, 2012”, ranks colleges according to graduation rates.
“Our goal is to continue to increase the College’s retention and graduation rates – not only to better our students, but to also address the workforce needs in the state of North Dakota,” said NDSCS President Dr. John Richman. “The implementation of our new Student Success Division, which began earlier this summer, will play an instrumental part in accomplishing this goal and we’re excited to see where it takes us.”
The CHE’s annual list includes larger degree-granting U.S. colleges participating in Title IV federal financial-aid programs, with at least 500 students in the degree-seeking cohort. At two-year colleges, graduation rates reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who entered in the fall of 2009 and graduated within three years.
NDSCS achieved a 50.7 percent graduation rate in 2012 and a 47 percent graduation rate in 2013. The College’s graduation rates are official Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) numbers and reflect the percentage of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students who enter in the fall and graduate within three years.
“We are honored to receive this designation,” said Richman. “It reassures us that the steps the College is taking to ensure student success is working.”