March 2018

By noldendick
March 1st, 2018 - 12:00am

One of COM’s strategic plan goals for student success is to decrease the amount of time it takes students to earn a degree. The data below show a slow, but steady decrease. The most recent set of graduates took, on average, 6.4 years to earn their degree.

Time to Degree in Years 

(All Students awarded degrees in academic year)




2013-14 Target 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
Time to Degree 6.5 7.2 5.5 6.8 6.6 6.4

Because we want to be able to determine whether our interventions designed to help students graduate sooner are working and whether we’re likely to see a decrease in the long-term performance indicator, time-to-degree, we track the shorter term metrics below. The targets were set based on the persistence and units attempted by students who had earned their degree in 5.5 years or less. As the table below shows, some progress is being made in the number of units attempted. Student persistence, though, has not changed much. 

  Baseline (2012-13) Target 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
First-to-Second Term Persistence 52.1% 85% 54.6% 53.9% 54.9% 54.3%
Units Attempted First F/S Term 7.1 10 7.1 7.2 7.0 7.7
Units Attempted Second F/S Term 9.1 12 9.0 9.2 9.3 9.5