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 students who started at the college in the fall of 2017. 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 within three years. The transfer-out rate is the percentage of these students who did not graduate from Lake Superior, 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. The 437 first-time, full-time students in the study were 9 percent of all students enrolled at Lake Superior in fall of 2017.

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

  • The graduation rate for Lake Superior was 40 percent.
  • The transfer-out rate for Lake Superior was 17 percent.
  • The combination of the graduation rate and the transfer-out rate for Lake Superior was 57 percent. The national average combined rate for similar colleges was 45 percent.

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

  • Since Lake Superior 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 40% 17% 57%
Race Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Asian Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Black or African American Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Hispanic of any race Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Nonresident Alien Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
Two or more races 24% 30% 55%
Unknown race and ethnicity Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy. Suppressed to protect student privacy.
White 40% 17% 58%
Gender
Female 42% 24% 66%
Male 39% 13% 52%
Financial Aid
Pell Grant Recipient 38% 11% 49%
Received neither Pell nor Subsidized Stafford Loans 43% 20% 63%
Received Subsidized Stafford Loans, but no Pell 38% 25% 62%

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.

Link:

LSC – Licensure Pass Rates by Program

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. However, due to the methodology, results can lag graduation by 2-3 years.

The most recent survey results indicate that 93% of the 2018 graduates available for employment found jobs related to their educational program within one year of graduation. See Status of Graduates Summary below for additional detail.

Links:

LSC Data – Status of Graduates Summary (PDF)
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
Sciences

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.

Links:

LSC – College-Wide Outcomes Poster

For each fall full-time entering student cohort, retention and success rates are tracked over multiple academic terms.  The Retention Rate represents the percentage of returning students, while the Success Rate reflects students who were retained, graduated, or transferred.

Fall Entering Full-Time Student Retention Rates
Entering Term Headcount 1st Spring 2nd Fall 2nd Spring 3rd Fall 3rd Spring 4th Fall
Fall 2019 669 83%
Fall 2018 701 81% 53% 42%
Fall 2017 747 78% 52% 43% 18%
Fall 2016 751 81% 53% 46% 19% 14% 7%
Fall 2015 719 78% 47% 40% 17% 13% 7%