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In 1995, the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System (UW) established a goal of decreased attempted credits-to-degree from 145 to 140 by the 2000-2001 school year with the objective of increased institutional efficiency. This research brief draws on UW data to look at the experience of UW institutions in achieving this objective and the relationship of credits-to-degree to time-to-degree and graduation rates. Average credits-to-degree have decreased since the 1993-1994 academic year. From the 1993-1994 to 2000-2001 school years, the UW System average number of credits-to-degree decreased from 145 to 137, exceeding the system goal. All institutions in the system reduced their average credits-to degree, and 10 of 13 institutions met their individual goals. The mean credits-to-degree was 137, but the median was 134. This difference illustrates that the few graduates who attempt an exceptionally large number of credits skew the average. Eighty percent of degree programs require 120 credits, but 1 in 5 requires more. Most such programs are in education, allied health, and engineering programs where degree requirements are established to meet professional and occupational licensure expectations. As long as policies and interventions designed to support increasing graduate rates are compatible with decreasing time-to-degree, credits-to-degree should continue to decrease. Nine appendixes contain detailed tables of credit information. (Contains 23 tables.) (SLD)

Descriptors: Academic Achievement, College Credits, College Graduates, Credit Courses, Degrees (Academic), Educational Attainment, Higher Education

University of Wisconsin System, Office of Policy Analysis and Research, 1534 Van Hise Hall, 1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706. Tel: 608-262-6441. For full text: http://www.uwsa.edu/opar/pdf/ctdorb02.pdf.









Author: Wisconsin Univ. System, Madison. Office of Policy Analysis and Research.

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10091&id=ED468367



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