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Student Right to Know/Completion and Graduation Rates

Student Right to Know – Graduation and Transfer Rates

September 2012

In accordance with federal regulations, Tacoma Community College is reporting overall graduation and transfer-out rates for a select group of students who entered the college in fall quarter 2008.

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" (3 years for a 2-year degree) for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

TCC also reports a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at TCC are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At TCC, 12 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2008.

Fall 2008 IPEDS graduation rate: 18%.

Fall 2008 Transfer-out rate: 28%.

For more information about the “Student Right to Know” rates at TCC visit the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) College Navigator


Students may request a copy of the Equity in Athletics Disclosure Act report as filed by the Athletic Department each October. This report provides a summary of participation rates; athletically related student aid; expenses related to athletics; and revenue generated through athletics. Students can also request graduation and transfer rates of athletes. Requests for this information should be made to the Athletic Director at 253.566.5097.

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