Higher Education for All Blog:Private Sector Institutions’ Graduation Rates Head And Shoulders Above Community Colleges

11 Sep 2014 
By APSCU Communications 
According to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), in the 2010-2011 school year, private sector colleges and universities conferred over 868,000 degrees between two and four year and certificate programs. This represents about 18 percent of all degrees conferred in the US that year. Not only do private sector institutions play a pivotal role in preparing hundreds of thousands of students for careers in a changing economy, but they do so for a population historically underserved by traditional higher education.

As the U.S. Department of Education data shows, two-year private sector institutions’ average graduation rate is nearly triple that of public community colleges – 62.7% at private sector institutions, compared to 21.9% at public community colleges.
This fact cannot be overlooked when discussing private sector institutions and the “gainful employment” regulation.

Private sector institutions and community colleges serve similar student bodies in terms of demographics, risk factors, and academic goals.  But as the data shows, they are doing so with drastically different results.

The simple fact that “gainful employment” regulation could potentially shutter programs that are graduating students at rates so much higher than the alternative again points out the flawed logic behind the gainful employment regulation.
Direct link to article: http://www.highereducationforall.com/private-sector-institutions-graduation-rates-head-shoulders-community-colleges-2/

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