Georgia State University: Perimeter College’s grad rate rose after merger

The merger of Perimeter College and Georgia State has left the Move on When Ready program a more complicated process for students and parents to navigate, says a former administrator.

From Georgia State today:

Since the consolidation of Georgia State University and Georgia Perimeter College last January associate degree graduation rates at Perimeter College have risen by 5 percentage points, the highest increase in the college’s history.

Perimeter’s three-year graduation rate, now 11.9 percent, has almost doubled since 2014 when it was 6.5 percent.

“We still have a very long way to go, but these gains will only grow exponentially,” said Tim Renick, vice president for enrollment management and student success. “We will continue to look proactively for ways to bring our student-success programs to all students.”

In the year since consolidation, Georgia State officials have begun analytics tracking for Perimeter students, expanded the university’s successful Panther Retention Grant program to hundreds of students enrolled in Perimeter’s two-year programs and begun hiring 30 new advisers to help students and to continue the upward trajectory.

Georgia State has redirected more than $6.5 million in administrative cost-savings from the consolidation into student-focused initiatives and academic programs.

Georgia State has dramatically increased the number of African-American and Hispanic students earning degrees on its Atlanta campus. Georgia State is graduating 42 percent more African-American students and 52 percent more Hispanic students than it was five years ago.

Graduation rates have remained “incredibly consistent” across all categories, Renick said. The university is one of few institutions in the country where there is no gap between graduation rates among races, ethnicities or socio-economic statuses.

In addition, the university’s four-year graduation rates have continued to rise rapidly, increasing 9 percentage points since 2011, according to new graduation reports. Students are taking fewer credit hours to reach graduation than they did three years ago.

For example, the class of 2016 took half a semester less time on average to reach graduation, saving $15 million in wasted credits compared to the class of 2013.

 

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In so many degree programs you simply can not get your degree sequence in within 4 years at Georgia State. For example, in nursing you must be in the Prenursing program for 2 years then apply to the nursing program. It is then a very structured 6 semester program. That has at least one mandatory or two mandatory classes that must be taken in order in that specific semester. No summer session. Doesn't matter if you took a bunch of AP or Dual enrollment you can not graduate in less than 5 years. You can perhaps take 3 hrs or 6 hrs a semester, or even 11. Then watch out taking less than a fulltime load of 12 hrs can have drastic implications on your HOPE scholarship or Pell.

Then again if you maintain your HOPE the hole program you will run out during that final semester. As do engineering and Architecture majors at Tech and Southern Tech ( I can not say Kennesaw State).

Why are we accepting people that can not graduate. They are clogging up the system for those who want to graduate in 4 years.

Buyer beware it can be less expensive going to a Private University with an 80% 4 year graduation rate!