No two college experiences are alike. But there’s also diversity in how students get to college, and how their arrival affects their experiences on campus.
Last week, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a groundbreaking study showing how part-time and transfer students are progressing toward graduation. Historically, the federal government has only compiled data on graduation rates for “traditional” students who enroll in college immediately after high school, ignoring the experiences of wide swaths of the college population. This is the first time the government has collected data on “non-traditional” students who don’t fit the first-time, full-time mold.