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Reported Progress under the Student Right-to-Know Act: How Reliable is It?

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  • Leslie S Stratton


    (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

  • James N. Wetzel


    (Department of Economics, VCU School of Business)

The Student Right-to-Know Act requires colleges to provide institution-specific information on graduation rates for students initially enrolling full-time in the fall term. Not all students enroll in that fashion, especially at two-year institutions. We use data on degree-seeking students from the 1996/2001 Beginning Post-Secondary Survey to identify students for whom statistics are and are not reportable under the Act and to track their progress. Results indicate the published progress rates are substantially higher than the progress rates for the non-reportable populations, whether students enter a two-year or a four-year institution. While progress rates for the two samples are significantly correlated within four-year institutions, they are not within two-year institutions. For those beginning at two-year institutions, the progress rates reported under the Student Right-to-Know Act are indicative of neither their absolute nor their relative (cross-institution) probability of success. Policy makers and prospective students will not make efficient decisions without better information.

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Paper provided by VCU School of Business, Department of Economics in its series Working Papers with number 0804.

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Length: 22 pages
Date of creation: May 2008
Publication status: Forthcoming in the AIR Professional File
Handle: RePEc:vcu:wpaper:0804
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  1. Ehrenberg, Ronald G. & Smith, Christopher L., 2004. "Analyzing the success of student transitions from 2- to 4-year institutions within a state," Economics of Education Review, Elsevier, vol. 23(1), pages 11-28, February.
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