NDUS Rates (IR)

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100% Graduation Rates – percentage of first time, full time students who graduate within 2 years in community college, or 4 years in universities. Data source: IPEDS

150% Graduation Rates – percentage of first time, full time students who graduate within 3 years in community college, or 6 years in universities. Data source: IPEDS

First Time, Full Time Rates (FTFT) – percentage of students attending an institution full time, who have not previously attended another college.  Taking a college course as a high school student does not count as prior college attendance for this rate.  See Additional Explanation of college cohorts that accompanies the FTFT table below.  Data source: IPEDS

Retention Rates – percentage of first time, full time students who return to the same institution for fall of sophomore year. Data source: IPEDS

Developmental Course Rates – percentage of freshmen students who take a developmental course during the fall of freshmen year. Data source: NDUS Student Data System

Additional rate information can be found by visiting the NDUS Strategic Plan dashboards, the NDUS Enrollments dashboards, and the SLDS Data Explorer.

Rates of First Semester Freshmen enrolled in Developmental Coursework (data source: NDUS System Office)
Rate Term Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015 Fall 2016
 BSC 42% 40% 35% 36% 34% 34%
 DCB 63% 71% 68% 76% 67% 60%
LRSC 43% 54% 54% 53% 39% 46%
NDSCS 51% 47% 36% 37% 37% 29%
WSC 45% 52% 52% 53% 49% 48%
DSU 26% 35% 36% 36% 43% 35%
MASU 44% 57% 57% 55% 56% 48%
MISU 34% 19% 32% 26% 24% 31%
VCSU n/a 52% 45% 46% 49% 43%
NDSU 13% 22% 18% 20% 20% 19%
UND 4% 13% 18% 13% 13% 11%
NDUS % 22% 28% 28% 28% 27% 25%
Community College % 42% 40% 36%
Regional Univ % 37% 39% 37%
 Research Univ % 17% 17% 16%

 

 

 

 

 

 

Retention Rates as reported by IPEDS (view graphical version of rates on NDUS Strategic Plan dashboard metric 3.2)
Rate Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 
BSC 24% 67% 73% 67% 69% 69% 68% 66% 68% 67% 68%
DCB 59% 54% 63% 49% 48% 55% 41% 43% 35% 53% 39%
LRSC 49% 67% 68% 68% 73% 56% 54% 59% 52% 62% 65%
NDSCS 79% 73% 70% 76% 80% 70% 68% 62% 63% 71% 74%
WSC 60% 58% 63% 56% 55% 54% 60% 50% 58% 46% 57%
DSU 69% 62% 65% 66% 55% 57% 82% 54% 55% 57% 57%
MASU 64% 60% 59% 60% 61% 50% 53% 52% 56% 55% 50%
MISU 70% 69% 69% 69% 70% 71% 63% 66% 68% 67% 75%
VCSU 67% 66% 61% 67% 70% 63% 57% 54% 64% 70% 71%
NDSU 81% 68% 82% 81% 78% 78% 76% 80% 78% 80% 78%
UND 75% 80% 75% 78% 77% 79% 77% 74% 75% 80% 81%
NDUS n/a n/a 74% 75% 74% 73% 71% 70% 71% 74% 74%

150% Graduation Rates as reported by IPEDS (view graphical version of rates on NDUS Strategic Plan dashboard metric 3.2)
Rate Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 (Unofficial)
BSC 35% 34% 32% 35% 34% 39% 40% 41% 41% 42% 46%
DCB 28% 30% 30% 34% 38% 32% 37% 36% 28% 24% 28%
LRSC 27% 30% 32% 35% 39% 45% 52% 40% 40% 41% 37%
NDSCS 38% 39% 42% 41% 42% 42% 52% 51% 47% 39% 43%
WSC 37% 38% 36% 30% 38% 36% 40% 35% 37% 35% 41%
DSU 30% 33% 37% 36% 31% 42% 41% 38% 39% 35% 32%
MASU 43% 32% 31% 40% 38% 30% 26% 39% 36% 42% 25%
MISU 29% 27% 31% 30% 34% 39% 33% 33% 37% 40% 43%
VCSU 43% 39% 51% 47% 43% 40% 42% 41% 46% 48% 41%
NDSU 54% 50% 47% 47% 52% 51% 54% 53% 53% 56% 54%
UND 56% 53% 54% 54% 54% 51% 54% 54% 55% 56% 53%
NDUS 45% 43% 44% 44% 46% 46% 49% 48% 48% 49% 48%

100% Graduation Rates as reported by IPEDS (view graphical version of rates on NDUS Strategic Plan dashboard metric 3.2)
Rate Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 (Unofficial)
BSC n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a 36% 33% 33% 31%
DCB n/a n/a n/a 28% 30% 37% 26% 24% 29% 24% 17%
LRSC n/a n/a n/a 25% 34% 31% 45% 52% 38% 29% 16%
NDSCS n/a n/a n/a 33% 34% n/a 33% 43% 41% 38% 30%
WSC n/a n/a n/a 28% 25% 32% 30% 31% 26% 33% 35%
DSU 12% 11% 11% 9% 11% 12% 26% 17% 15% 11% 15%
MASU 31% 15% 15% 26% 22% 17% 20% 21% 21% 19% 21%
MISU 9% 13% 11% 13% 16% 17% 15% 13% 14% 14% 14%
VCSU 24% 21% 29% 30% 23% 23% 23% 25% 23% 23% 23%
NDSU 20% 18% 14% 19% 22% 23% 23% 24% 26% 25% 26%
UND 23% 22% 22% 22% 23% 21% 23% 23% 24% 23% 24%
NDUS 20% 18% 18% 22% 23% 22% 24% 25% 26% 25% 25%

Percentage of Students Classified as IPEDS First Time, Full Time (FTFT)*
Rate Year 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 (Unofficial)
BSC 71% 70% 72% 68% 71% 67% 45% 44% 48% 49% 47%
DCB 34% 28% 68% 34% 30% 34% 37% 35% 42% 39% 41%
LRSC 21% 19% 18% 18% 58% 18% 14% 19% 17% 17% 18%
NDSCS 27% 75% 27% 73% 77% 32% 75% 49% 43% 44% 41%
WSC 56% 63% 31% 36% 30% 30% 28% 38% 27% 31% 50%
DSU 57% 93% 34% n/a 44% 49% n/a 37% 40% 34% 42%
MASU 50% 53% 45% 56% 31% 29% 35% 34% 29% 34% 28%
MISU 93% 96% 19% 57% 39% 40% 40% 33% 33% 31% 34%
VCSU 70% 76% 77% 71% 67% 57% 44% 47% 37% 42% 39%
NDSU 56% 66% 73% 73% 71% 71% 74% 73% 75% 72% 74%
UND 72% 71% 73% 71% 64% 63% 61% 64% 59% 61% 62%
NDUS 54% 65% 49% 67% 60% 52% 53% 52% 51% 51% 52%

*Further explanation of FTFT:  

In higher education, each incoming student is classified into one of six cohort categories:

  • Degree seeking, first time, full time
  • Degree seeking, first time, part time
  • Degree seeking, transfer, full time
  • Degree seeking, transfer, part time
  • Non-degree, full time
  • Non-degree, part time

With regards to IPEDS reporting, it is only the students who are classified in the first bulleted cohort – degree seeking, first time, full time – that are counted when determining an institution’s IPEDS retention and graduation rates.  The other students – namely transfer, part time, and non-degree seeking – are not considered when determining these rates.

The FTFT table below shows the percentage of each incoming class that is included in the IPEDS cohort for retention and graduation rates.  As can be observed, in some cases the students counted by IPEDS account for only 18% of an incoming class of students.  With this knowledge, it is evident that generalizations from the IPEDS cohort to the entire institutional population of students is inappropriate.

The purpose of this first time, full time percentage table is to inform stakeholders of this limitation of using IPEDS retention and graduation rates to make generalized conclusions about the whole institutional study body.

Last update 3/2/2017