10/13/2017Time and Attempted Credits for the Associate DegreeBy Tod MassaFiled Under: Tags:
Folks, I really hate when I find I or we missed anomalies or patterns in the data that lead to bad reporting, I really do. I said last week that I wanted to review the data for the public two-year colleges again because the aggregates still seemed too high. After much digging, I found where students receiving multiple degrees at the same level at the same time were inflating the averages. I apologize that we did not catch this sooner.
So these are the numbers:
Average time to degree first-time, full-time at entry: 3.6 years
Average credits attempted: 78
Average credits attempted for those completing in two years: 66
Average credits attempted for those completing in three years: 75
Average credits attempted for those completing in four years: 95
None of these seem unreasonable to me. Especially since these are "attempted credits" and not "earned credits" (those with a passing grade). Again, my apologies for the original miscalculations.
And by the way, if you haven't noticed before, the bar charts on the Time-to-Degree tab provide the distributions of students based on the number of years it takes to complete.