Student Persistence and Graduation Rates
A first year cohort is defined as all full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students entering the institution during the fall term. Luther, like all institutions, uses the first-year cohort student count as the basis for calculating persistence and graduation rates reported to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).
Graduation Rates - Higher Education Act
The HEA added a provision requiring that the completion of graduation rates must be disaggregated by
- Major racial and ethnic subgroup (as defined in IPEDS)
- Recipients of a Federal Pell Grant
- Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan who did not receive a Pell Grant and
- Students who did not receive either a Pell Grant or a Subsidized Stafford Loan