Colleges With Lowest Graduation Rates
Golden Gate University tops list at 10%
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 16, 2010 3:47 PM CST
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(Newser) – Graduation rates at US institutions of higher learning have dropped 33% since 2002, a Chronicle of Higher Education study finds, and the recession may be to blame. The Huffington Post lists the 12 colleges with the lowest graduation rates:

  • Golden Gate University, San Francisco: 10%
  • Alliant International University, San Diego: 11%
  • Idaho State University, Pocatello: 16%
  • University of Arkansas, Little Rock: 21%

  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans: 22%
  • Cleveland State University, Cleveland: 26%
  • Texas A&M, Kingsville: 27%
  • University of Alaska, Fairbanks: 27%
  • University of Texas, El Paso: 31%
  • Indiana University—Purdue University, Indianapolis: 32%
  • Morgan State University, Baltimore: 32%
  • University of Massachusetts, Boston: 33%
See the colleges with the highest graduation rates.

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Dec 16, 2010 10:18 PM CST
I'm not surprised that a school like Harvard has a very high score. Somehow I don't think those students are trying to support a family while finishing a degree. Also there are probably not a whole lot of transfers out.
Dec 16, 2010 6:24 PM CST
I've seen this exact list before. Hmm....where was it? Palin's resumé maybe.
Laura Hauser
Dec 16, 2010 5:40 PM CST
On behalf of Golden Gate University we called up The Chronicle of Higher Ed and pointed out the reasons why the report is inaccurate­, and they’re looking into it. Here's some reason's why: 1) The Chronicle calculated the statistics of “all first-time­, full-time [undergrad­uate] students entering in the fall seeking bachelor's degrees who completed bachelor's degrees within six years.” GGU’s undergradu­ate population are all part-time students coming in with transfer units. In fact, this trait for applicants is an admissions requiremen­t for GGU’s undergradu­ate program tailored specifical­ly to the population GGU serves- working adults in need of flexible scheduling­. 2) Since 2003, GGU has had only a total of six "full-time­, first-time­" enrolled students, a negligible sample size. Yes, 6. 3) GGU not a "private research institutio­n", which the article states is another characteri­stic of Universiti­es under analysis. 4) The undergrads GGU serves (currently 422 students) are not your traditiona­l freshmen. They are working adults who need flexible scheduling­, online classes, and are looking to complete their degree for career advancemen­t. Our understand­ing of the modern student is what has enabled us to thrive for 110 years now as a non-profit­, private university­. 5) Approximat­ely 50% of the students who have enrolled since 2003 have graduated with their bachelor's degree. http://www­­ndergradua­te_program­s/student_­success/re­tention_an­d_graduati­on For a part-time adult population with life always interferin­g, this is something to be proud of. -Cherron Hoppes