Dr. Jim Klauber, president of Calhoun Community College, today announced that the college’s overall graduation rates have increased steadily over the last three years.
According to data provided by the annual IPEDS (Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System) Graduation Rate Survey, Calhoun’s graduation rates have increased by more than 30% over the last three years, from 13% overall in 2014 to 17% overall for 2016.
The rates for male students saw an even greater up-tick, with an overall increase of over 38%. Specifically, the rates were particularly impressive among male students of color: Hispanic/Latino males increasing by 100%; African-American males increasing over 55%; and American Indian/Alaska Native males increasing 40%. Additionally, Hispanic/Latino females saw an extraordinary increase of over 230%.
“We are extremely pleased with our latest graduation rates,” commented Klauber. “Our Calhoun team has worked tirelessly over the last few years developing and implementing strategies directly aimed at increasing the college’s graduation numbers,” Klauber said. “These initiatives have included assigned advisors for our students; streamlining the admissions process; and promoting the importance of regular class attendance.
“We are particularly excited with the increased numbers we are seeing among our male students of color. Our work with Achieving the Dream and the Minority Male Community College Collaborative (M2C3) initiative, both of which provide resources toward improving retention and success rates among our male students of color, have had impressive results, which are demonstrated in the graduation increases we are seeing,” Klauber added.
Klauber added that when the college’s transfer rates are added to the graduation rates, the overall success rates for the last three years grew from 30% to 35%, for an increase of almost 17%.