April 23, 1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Track 3: Student Engagement and Persistence
Track 5: Accreditation and Student Success
Michael Wrona
Institutional Research Analyst
University of California - Merced
Rethinking Graduation and Time to Degree: A Myth Demystified

This study tracks 17,784 first-time freshmen in 7 cohorts in a large public university from 2002 to 2014, and challenges the conventional definition of 4- and 6-year graduation rates and time to degree. Findings suggest new concepts (enrolled terms and ratios of success) that more accurately measure student progress to degree.

Xuanning Fu
Associate Dean
California State University, Fresno
Hongtao Yue
California State University, Fresno
The Student Achievement Measure (SAM): More Outcomes for More Students

Learn about the Student Achievement Measure (SAM), a collaborative effort by six higher education associations to enhance transparency and to present a more comprehensive measure of student attainment. SAM tracks student movement across institutions to provide a more inclusive picture of undergraduate student progress and completion.

Christine Keller
Associate Vice President, Academic Affairs
Association of Public & Land-grant Universities
Term Based Program Retention and Graduation Rates

Fall-to-fall program retention and four to six year program graduation rates are useful for program review and enrollment planning. We will describe our simple method for term-based (vs. cohort-based) retention and graduation rates, suitable across all types of programs, and compare graduation rates to the WSCUC pilot project “Student Success and Graduation Rate Dashboard”.

Gregory White
Associate Provost
Notre Dame de Namur University
Chun-hwa Chu
Institutional Research Analyst
Notre Dame de Namur University