Student Right to Know refers to a Federally-mandated public disclosure of a college's graduation rate and transfer rate required as part of the Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act of 1990 as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991. The intent of Student Right to Know is to provide to the consumer a statistic of comparable effectiveness that can be used in the determination of college choice. All colleges nationwide are required to participate in the disclosure of rates.
The Student Right to Know Report is a cohort-based study which involves tracking the completion or graduation rates of first-time, full-time students from each fall semester over a period of three years. Students are counted as a completion or graduation if they earn a degree or certificate or complete a transfer-preparatory program within 150 percent of normal time for the student's program.
To fully understand what the Student Right to Know rates mean, one should know its limitations. First, the cohort group can be quite small compared to the entire community college population, and is therefore not fully representative of all students. For example, the report does not include part-time students. Approximately 35% of students at New River in the 2013-14 academic year were enrolled part-time. Tracking transfer students is very difficult, and since there is no central nationwide "clearinghouse" of transfer data, it is impossible to generate accurate transfer-out rates.
In compliance with federal regulations, New River Community and Technical College has made available the graduation and transfer rates for the 2010 cohort. The data is presented below:
2013-2014 Report Data for Cohort Year 2010
Graduation Rates (within a 3 year completion time)
Graduation Rate – 10%
Male – 7%
Female – 12%
White – 10%
Black or African American – 23%
Other (Hispanic/American Indian/Asian) – 0%
Transfer-Out Rate (within a 3 year completion time)
Transfer-out – 16%
Male – 9%
Female – 19%
White – 14%
Black or African American – 41%
Other (Hispanic/American Indian/Asian – 4%
The source for this data is IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) and can be found at the National Center for Education Statistics.
Other available relevant completion, retention and passage rates for New River are included in the annual West Virginia Higher Education Report Card.
Campus Crime Statistics for New River can be found at http://ope.ed.gov/security.