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It has been found that students who took the traditional path to a bachelor degree--those who started and finished at the same institution--averaged 4.3 years to complete their degrees at State University System (SUS) institutions in 2002-03. 12.4% took 3.5 years or less, 54.2% took 4 years or less, 69.5% took 4.5 years or less, and 86.5% took 5 years or less. Of the graduates from larger degree programs, those in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Sociology, took the longest time to graduate. Those in Speech Pathology, Management Science and Advertising took the shortest time. Graduates who transferred from Florida Community Colleges with AA degrees took an average of 2.7 years to finish their bachelor degrees. This information brief measures the odds that a student who starts at an institution will finish a degree there within a certain period of time. Unlike time-to-degree, graduation rates are reduced by students who leave an institution as well as by those who take longer than a certain length of time. Although definitions and methodologies are somewhat different, findings in this report are very similar to Florida's time-to-degree figures. Nationally, public institution graduates who did not transfer took an average of 52.9 months (4.4 years) to graduate.

Descriptors: State Universities, Graduates, Graduation Rate, Community Colleges, Time to Degree, College Credits, Transfer Students, Educational Indicators

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Author: Florida Board of Governors, State University System

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=5110&id=ED494986







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