Benchmark: 60% or higher of the original cohort of newly-enrolled students that graduated within the standard length of time necessary to complete the program of nursing.
Graduation Rate is the calculation of the percentage of individuals enrolled in the nursing program for the first time that graduated within the academic year (July 1st – June 30th) from the nursing program within the standard length of time necessary to complete the program. All students admitted in the original cohort, except those that fall into one of the categories listed below, must be included in the calculation rate, regardless if the student(s) would be included in the calculation rate for a national accreditation body. If a student enrolled in the nursing program decides to take a break, regardless of how long the break is, before returning to their nursing coursework, they must be included in their original cohort’s graduation calculation.
The graduation rate calculation may exclude students who left the nursing program after beginning nursing courses due to the following documented extenuating circumstances:
- Long-Term Illness;
- Family Obligations;
- Financial Barriers;
- Decision to Change Major; or
- Transfer to Another Institution.