• Student Right-to-Know (Completion/Graduation/Transfer Rates)

    What is Student Right-To-Know?

    Student Right-To-Know is a federal law that requires all colleges and universities to disclose certain information to students. This handout provides the information that a college must provide to students on graduation rates and transfer-out rates for full-time students seeking degrees at Lake Superior College.

    What is a graduation rate and what is a transfer-out rate? 

    Federal regulations specify how to calculate the graduation and transfer rates. The rates come from a study of Lake Superior College students who started at the college in the fall of 2008. The study includes all first-time students who enrolled full-time that fall and were seeking to earn a degree, diploma or certificate at the college. The graduation rate is the percentage of these students who graduated from Lake Superior College within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from Lake Superior College, but instead transferred to another college or university within three years.

    What do I need to know about these rates?

    These rates do not report on all students at Lake Superior College. The 551 first-time, full-time students in the study were 11 percent of all students enrolled at Lake Superior College in fall of 2009.

    What are the graduation and transfer-out rates for Lake Superior College students and how do they compare to rates for other colleges?

    · The graduation rate for Lake Superior College was 31 percent. · The transfer-out rate for Lake Superior College was 22 percent. · The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for Lake Superior College was 53 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 38 percent.

    Why don’t more Lake Superior College students graduate or transfer in three years?

    · Since Lake Superior College has an “open door” mission, many new students need to take “developmental” courses to improve their reading, writing or math skills before taking other college courses; · Students who switch from full-time to part-time enrollment or “stop out” for one or more semesters are more likely to take more than three years to graduate; · Some students take jobs before they graduate; · Other students delay their education for personal, family or financial reasons.

    Disaggregated Student Right-To-Know Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates


    Lake Superior College Graduation Rate Transfer Out Rate Combined Rate
    Total Cohort 31% 22% 53%
    Race Ethnicity
    American Indian or Alaska Native * * *
    Asian * * *
    Black or African American * * *
    Hispanic of any race * * *
    Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * *
    White 33% 20% 53%
    Two or more races 20% 20% 40%
    Nonresident Alien * * *
    Unknown race and ethnicity * * *
    Female 33% 27% 60%
    Male 29% 18% 46%
    Financial Aid
    Pell Grant Recipient 26% 19% 45%
    Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 35% 24% 59%
    Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 35% 25% 60%


    * Suppressed to protect student privacy.

  • Licensure Pass Rates

    In calendar year 2010, the pass rate for LSC students taking licensure exams was 87.3%. (Source: MnSCU Institution Profile)

  • Gainful Employment Disclosures

    Gainful Employment programs, as defined by federal law and regulations, are non-degree programs of more than 15 credits “that prepare students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.”  Educational institutions are required to report certain information regarding their gainful employment programs.  LSC complies with this requirement by posting Gainful Employment information with other program information for those programs that require it.


    LSC – Gainful Employment Disclosure (Example)

  • Job Placement Rates

    In accordance with MnSCU board policy, each year Lake Superior College undertakes a graduate follow-up survey of its recent graduates.  In the fall, surveys are mailed to all graduates from the prior academic year (e.g. in the Fall of 2012, all Summer 2011, Fall, 2011, and Spring, 2012 graduates will be surveyed).  A second survey is sent to graduates who did not respond to the first survey.  Graduates who did not respond to the mailed surveys are then contacted by telephone.

    The goal is to obtain follow-up information on 80% of our graduates.  The survey identifies whether they are available for employment and whether they have found employment in a field related to their studies.

    At the current time, placement rates by program are posted along with program information in the academic database.  LSC is developing a method of displaying more comprehensive information in a single location.  Summary information is shown in the Status of Graduates Summary linked below.


    LSC Data – Status of Graduates Summary (Table 27 LSC 2011 Profile)
    LSC Data – Graduate Placement Rates  (by program)
    MnSCU Policy – Graduate Follow-up Survey

  • Student Learning Outcomes

    The LSC College-Wide Learning Outcomes describe the knowledge, skills, and responsibilities that students should acquire as a result of their studies at LSC.  The outcomes are organized into three sections:

    1.      Foundational Knowledge of the Intellectual, Social, and Natural World, through study in

    Career-focused programs
    Liberal arts

    Focused by engagement with discipline-specific questions, both contemporary and enduring.

    2.      Intellectual and Practical Skills, including

    Critical and creative thinking
    Information literacy
    Inquiry and analysis
    Quantitative literacy
    Synthesis and application
    Teamwork and problem solving
    Written and oral communication

    Practiced extensively, across the curriculum, in the context of progressively more challenging problems, projects, and standards for performance.

    3.      Personal and Social Responsibilities, including

    Awareness and practice of sustainability
    Civic involvement
    Ethical reasoning and action
    Intercultural competence
    Self-development and lifelong learning

    Anchored through active involvement with diverse communities and real-world challenges.


    LSC – Academic Assessment eFolio