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 2011. 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 410 first-time, full-time students in the study were 8 percent of all students enrolled at Lake Superior College in fall of 2012.

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 26 percent.
· The transfer-out rate for Lake Superior College was 17 percent.
· The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for Lake Superior College was 42 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 40 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 26% 17% 42%
Race Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native * * *
Asian * * *
Black or African American * * *
Hispanic of any race * * *
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander * * *
Nonresident Alien * * *
Two or more races * * *
Unknown race and ethnicity * * *
White 27% 17% 44%
Female 27% 19% 46%
Male 24% 15% 40%
Financial Aid
Pell Grant Recipient 22% 14% 36%
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 29% 21% 51%
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 30% 16% 46%

 * Suppressed to protect student privacy.

Due to rounding, percentages may not always appear to add up.

Students in many programs must pass licensing or credentialing exams to qualify for employment in their fields or be competitive in the job market.


LSC – Licensure Pass Rates by Program

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, for those programs that require it, within the Academic Program Database.


LSC – Gainful Employment Disclosure (Example)
LSC –  Academic Program Database

In accordance with Minnesota State board policy, each year Lake Superior College surveys its most recent graduates one year after graduation.  The survey determines whether graduates are available for employment and whether they are employed in a field related to their studies.

Each year, updated graduate placement data is posted as soon as the results of the most recent survey are available.  Due to the methodology used (e.g. the 2014 survey was directed to students who graduated in Summer 2012, Fall 2012, and Spring 2013), results can lag graduation by 2-3 years.


LSC Data – Status of Graduates Summary
LSC Data – Graduate Placement Rates  (by program)
Minnesota State Policy – Graduate Follow-up Survey

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.     Professional and Personal Responsibilities, including:

Professional demeanor
Initiative and accountability
Adherence to organizational expectations
Self-development and lifelong learning

Demonstrated through appropriate behaviors

2.     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

3.      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

4.      Social Responsibilities, including

Awareness and practice of sustainability
Civic involvement
Ethical reasoning and action
Intercultural competence

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


LSC – College-Wide Outcomes Poster