Graduation and Retention


Who Is Included?

Graduation and Retention Rates are based on a cohort definition established by the U.S. Department of Education and reported annually to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) as part of the The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS).  Data are collected on the number of undergraduate students entering the institution in a Fall semester as:

  • first-time
  • full-time
  • degree/certificate-seeking

Graduation Rates

The graduation rate includes the number of students in the cohort completing their program within 150 percent of normal time to completion (3 years for an associate’s degree; and the various scheduled times for certificate programs).

Last updated 11/10/2021

Retention Rates

Retaining students to graduation is considered to be one of the most important goals of the college (College Employee Satisfaction Survey 2010). Tracking the success of our degree/certificate-seeking students and those subgroups we are targeting for special attention is an important aspect of increasing retention and graduation rates.  Fall-to-Spring retention reflects the Spring semester following their enrollment at SFCC and the Fall-to-Fall retention reflects the Fall semester one year later.

Last updated 11/10/2021

For more information, please contact Barbara Griego, Director of Institutional Research, 505-428-1913,