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Trends at SIUC Part 2: Six-Year Graduation Rates

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I am writing a series of posts about trends at SIUC. Last week I posted part 1 comparing enrollment and staffing levels over the past ten years. This is part 2: six-year graduation rates.

I checked previous SIUC factbooks to find the data for this graph:

The lowest graduation rate was 38.8% for students entering SIUC in fall 1996. The highest rate was 45.7% for those entering SIUC in Fall 2001. The graduation rate declined to 43.5% for students entering SIUC in 2003 – slightly higher than the 43.3% graduation rate for students entering SIUC in fall 1997.

For perspective, I also found the graduation rates for the other Illinois public universities. I wasn’t able to find an official source for the Chicago State graduation rate, so I left CSU off the graph. [I did find a news article saying the rate is 14%. No wonder the state considered closing CSU.]

The rate for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is for students entering in fall 2001. All other rates are for students entering in fall 2003:

The graph speaks for itself.

The only thing I’d note is that SIUC and SIUE aren’t that far apart with rates of 43.5 and 46.4, respectively. Both are graduating less than half of their students within six years.

You can see the data for yourself: Northeastern (pdf), SIUC (pdf), SIUE (pdf), Northern (pdf), Illinois at Chicago, Eastern, Governor’s State (pdf), Western (pdf), Illinois at Springfield, Illinois State, and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Comments are welcome.

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Written by The Carbondale Observer

October 26, 2010 at 7:45 am

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  1. […] funds, SIUC will not fare well. As everyone knows, SIUC’s enrollment is declining and our six-year graduation rates are less than 50% – third lowest in the state. Our retention rates aren’t spectacular […]


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