California's Public and Private Four-Year Colleges Beat National Graduation Averages

Now that high schools’ senior classes are accepting their admission offers, college counselors have time to read reports from think tanks and policy groups that support educational planning. 

The National Student Clearinghouse Research Center just released its annual report: “Completing College: A State-Level View of Student Attainment Rates.” This report measures the average six-year graduation rates for several categories of colleges nationally and within each state. Their statistics offer a good tool to assess existing norms within each state, and to consider each college you consider against that norm.

There is good news for California (where I live): California beats the national average on almost all of the National Student Clearinghouse’s 30 measurements.

 

Some examples:

Total Completion Rates for Fulltime Students Who Started at Four-Year Public Institutions

  • CA:  88%
  • US:  82%

Total Completion Rates for Fulltime Students Who Started at Four-Year Private Institutions

  • CA: 89%
  • US:  86%


California’s Community Colleges did not fare so well:

Six-Year Outcomes for Fulltime Students Who Started at Two-Year Public Institutions (excluding dual enrollment)

Completed Bachelor Degree:

  • CA:  28%
  • US:  37%

Other degrees completed within six-years in California two year institutions:

  • 11% Associate Degree
  • 5% Certificate