In accordance with the Higher Education Act (HEA) of 1965, as amended, each postsecondary educational institution must publish information regarding graduation rates as defined by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). This graduation measure includes only undergraduate degree and/or certificate-seeking students who have never attended another institution of higher learning and graduate within 150% of normal time to completion. Data are collected on the number of students entering the institution as first-time, full-time, degree- and/or certificate-seeking undergraduate students in a particular cohort year. Graduation rates are disaggregated by race and ethnicity, gender, and federal financial aid grant or loan funds. The graduation rates shown below represent students from the 2006-2007 cohort and the percentage of those students who graduated by August 31, 2012.
Table 1 shows only first-time, full-time (FTFT) undergraduate students and is derived from the IPEDS graduation rate survey although shown in aggregate rather than by degree/award type. The University is a non-traditional institution that caters to a wide variety of students, including many who have previously attended another institution of higher education, and would not be classified as first-time students. The Table includes recipients of Pell grants or subsidized loans, or neither type of aid during the 2006-2007 cohort years (September 1 - August 31).