- Most colleges do not track graduation rates among their older, nontraditional students, according to a survey conducted by the University Professional and Continuing Education Association and InsideTrack, but right now accreditors are not forcing them to do so.
- The Western Association of Schools and Colleges wants the schools it oversees to begin counting graduation rates among older adults and other populations.
- Only 16% of the schools surveyed by UPCEA and InsideTrack know why their older students drop out.
From the article:
Colleges generally do a lousy job of keeping tabs on the graduation rates of their adult students. But that may change if accreditors follow the lead of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).
Nontraditional students who are adults and attend college part-time are a large, growing segment of American higher education. They will also play a big role in the success of the national college “completion agenda.” Yet most colleges do not track the graduation or retention rates of adult students, in part because nobody makes them, according to the results of a new survey. ...