2007 Report by MitchBurroughs

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									                         Examination of Time To Degree Completion:
                   Bachelor’s Degree Recipients 2004-05, 2005-06 and 2006-07

                                              September 6, 2007

Overview
This white paper examines how long it takes students to earn bachelor’s degrees at Central Connecticut
State University (CCSU) from the semester of entry as well as how many credits they have earned in
pursuit of the degree. Overall results indicate that for graduates from the past three years more than four
out of five students earned their bachelor’s degree in six years or less following their first semester at
CCSU. Over half completed between 120 and 130 credits when finishing their degree.

The study grouped graduates into entering and graduating years by fiscal year (Summer, Fall, Spring).
Students were also categorized as full-time or part-time enrollment status in their first term at CCSU. It is
important to recognize, however, that student enrollment patterns are complex, and include changes
between full-time and part-time status, summer enrollments, concurrent enrollments at other universities,
and semesters when they are not enrolled at all. This study does not account for this complex credit-taking
pattern.

Time to Degree

    •   Among bachelor’s degree recipients from 2004-05 through 2006-07, more than four out of five
        (80-84%) earned their degree in six years or less. About seven out of ten (68-75%) earned their
        degrees in five years or less, and four out of ten earned their degrees in four years or less,
        although this proportion of students has declined from 46% in 2004-05 to 38% to 2006-07.

    •   Only 8-10% of students who earned bachelor’s degrees between 2004-05 and 2006-07 took
        longer than 10 years to earn their degrees.

    •   A higher proportion of students who entered the university as full-time students completed their
        bachelor’s degrees within six years (85-88%) than did students who entered CCSU as part-time
        students (63-71%). About 15% of graduates who entered as part-time students took ten years or
        more to earn their degrees, while only about 3-5% of those who entered as full-time students took
        ten years or more to earn their degrees.

Table 1. Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Time to Degree

                                            2004-05                  2005-06                  2006-07
 Year of Graduation                    N              %         N              %        N               %
 Degree in 4 Years or Less            700         46%          672         43%          597         38%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less           1045         68%         1165         75%         1093         70%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less           1221         80%         1308         84%         1292         82%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less          1412         92%         1473         94%         1471         94%
 Total Degrees                       1530         100%        1563         100%        1572         100%
Credits Earned Upon Graduation

     •    Over half (52-55%) of the students who earned bachelor’s degrees between 2004-05 and 2006-07
          completed their degrees with 120-129 credits (minimum credit requirements since at least 1995
          have been 122 for non-teaching degrees and 130 for teaching degrees). Almost another quarter
          (22-23%) completed their bachelor’s degree with 130-139 credits. Only about one out of twenty
          graduates (3-5%) completed a bachelor’s degree having earned 170 credits or more.

     •    About 7-9% fewer graduates who entered CCSU as part-time students completed their degrees
          having earned fewer than 130 credits. Conversely, about this same proportion of graduates who
          entered CCSU as part-time students completed their degrees having earned between 150-159 and
          160-179 credits.

     •    No meaningful changes over time in patterns of earned credits emerged over the three-year time
          period covered by this study.

Table 2. Bachelor’s Degree Recipients by Credits Earned

                                                  Credits Earned at Time of Graduation
                        Below         130-          140-      150-      160-      170-   180-           Total
                         130          139           149       159       169       179    189    190+   Degrees
               (N)       803          334           164        95       62        30     18     24      1530
 2004-05
               (%)       52%          22%           11%       6%        4%        2%     1%     2%      100%
               (N)       852          345           158        88       47        31     19     23      1563
 2005-06
               (%)       55%          22%           10%       6%        3%        2%     1%     1%      100%
               (N)       829          356           183       105       53        17     13     16      1572
 2006-07
               (%)       53%          23%           12%       7%        3%        1%     1%     1%      100%



Detailed data tables by year and by status follow on subsequent pages. This report is scheduled to be
updated annually in September.




Examination of Time To Degree Completion (2007)                                                             Page 2
Table 3. 2004-05 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, All Recipients

                                                                                   Credits Earned
                                            Below       130-   140-       150-      160- 170- 180-
                                             130        139    149        159       169     179   189         190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N       N         N          N       N       N        N        N           %
 1994-95 and prior years                           43     35      17         9         6          2       2        4    118          8%
 1995-96                                            9      3       5         0         3          1       0        0     21          1%
 1996-97                                           18      8       7         2         1          1       0        0     37          2%
 1997-98                                           19      7       7         5         2          1       1        0     42          3%
 1998-99                                           43     19       8         9         6          3       2        1     91          6%
 1999-00                                           81     33      25        13        11          7       2        4    176         12%
 2000-01                                          197     84      24        23        11          2       2        2    345         23%
 2001-02                                          243     67      29        16        13          7       2        4    381         25%
 2002-03                                          116     65      33        15         8          5       5        7    254         17%
 2003-04                                           34     13          9        3          1       1       2        2     65         4%
 Total (N)                                        803    334    164         95        62      30      18        24     1530    100%
 Total (%)                                    52%       22%     11%        6%         4%      2%      1%       2%      100%         --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        393    145     71         34        22      13       9        13      700         46%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        590    229     95         57        33      15      11        15     1045         68%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        671    262    120         70        44      22      13        19     1221         80%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       760    299    147         86        56      28      16        20     1412         92%
Data Sources: Gradfile05 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa


Table 4. 2004-05 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, Full-Time Status at Entry
                                                                                   Credits Earned
                                           Below        130-   140-       150-      160- 170- 180-
                                            130         139    149        159       169     179   189         190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N      N          N          N       N       N        N        N           %
 1994-95 and prior years                           27    17       3          4            5       1       1        2     60      5%
 1995-96                                            7     2       4          0            1       1       0        0     15      1%
 1996-97                                            9     4       6          2            0       0       0        0     21      2%
 1997-98                                           14     4       4          2            1       1       1        0     27      2%
 1998-99                                           26     9       6          3            4       2       2        0     52      5%
 1999-00                                           65    24      21         11            6       4       2        4    137     12%
 2000-01                                          156    77      21         16            7       1       1        0    279     24%
 2001-02                                          215    51      24         12            9       6       2        2    321     28%
 2002-03                                           93    47      22          9            5       5       4        2    187     16%
 2003-04                                          26     10          6         2          0       1       1        2     48         4%
 Total (N)                                        638   245     117         61        38      22      14        12     1147    100%
 Total (%)                                    56%       21%     10%        5%         3%      2%      1%       1%      100%         --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        334   108      52         23        14      12       7         6      556     48%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        490   185      73         39        21      13       8         6      835     73%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        555   209      94         50        27      17      10        10      972     85%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       611   228     114         57        33      21      13        10     1087     95%
Data Sources: Gradfile05 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa




Examination of Time To Degree Completion (2007)                                                                                Page 3
Table 5. 2004-05 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, Part-Time Status at Entry
                                                                                   Credits Earned
                                           Below        130-     140-     150-      160- 170- 180-
                                            130         139      149      159       169     179   189        190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N        N        N         N       N       N        N        N           %
 1994-95 and prior years                          16      18       14          5         1       1       1        2     58     15%
 1995-96                                           2       1        1          0         2       0       0        0      6      2%
 1996-97                                           9       4        1          0         1       1       0        0     16      4%
 1997-98                                           5       3        3          3         1       0       0        0     15      4%
 1998-99                                          17      10        2          6         2       1       0        1     39     10%
 1999-00                                          16       9        4          2         5       3       0        0     39     10%
 2000-01                                          41       7        3          7         4       1       1        2     66     17%
 2001-02                                          28      16        5          4         4       1       0        2     60     16%
 2002-03                                          23      18       11          6         3       0       1        5     67     17%
 2003-04                                           8         3        3        1         1       0       1        0     17         4%
 Total (N)                                        165     89       47       34        24         8       4     12      383    100%
 Total (%)                                    43%       23%      12%       9%         6%     2%      1%       3%      100%         --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                         59     37       19       11         8         1       2        7    144     38%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        100     44       22       18        12         2       3        9    210     55%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        116     53       26       20        17         5       3        9    249     65%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       149     71       33       29        23         7       3     10      325     85%
Data Sources: Gradfile05 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa


Table 6. 2005-06 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, All Recipients
                                                                                   Credits Earned
                                           Below        130-     140-     150-      160- 170- 180-
                                            130         139      149      159       169     179   189        190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N        N        N         N       N       N        N        N           %
 1995-96 and prior years                           38     25       11        7         4         1       1        3     90      6%
 1996-97                                           11      3        0        1         1         1       2        0     19      1%
 1997-98                                           12     11        4        1         3         1       0        0     32      2%
 1998-99                                           14     13        7        4         0         2       3        2     45      3%
 1999-00                                           32     14       10        6         2         2       2        1     69      4%
 2000-01                                           66     32       19        7        10         5       2        2    143      9%
 2001-02                                          278    116       45       29        14         6       2        3    493     32%
 2002-03                                          236     67       34       18         5         5       4        7    376     24%
 2003-04                                          135     50       23       11         6         6       2        4    237     15%
 2004-05                                           30     14        5        4         2         2       1        1     59      4%
 Total (N)                                     852       345      158       88         47     31      19       23      1563   100%
 Total (%)                                    55%       22%      10%       6%         3%     2%      1%       1%      100%      --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        401    131       62       33        13     13          7     12      672     43%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        679    247      107       62        27     19       9        15     1165     75%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        745    279      126       69        37     24      11        17     1308     84%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       814    320      147       81        43     30      18        20     1473     94%
Data Sources: Gradfile06 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa




Examination of Time To Degree Completion (2007)                                                                               Page 4
Table 7. 2005-06 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, Full-Time Status at Entry

                                                                                 Credits Earned
                                           Below        130-   140-     150-       160- 170- 180-
                                            130         139    149      159        169    179   189         190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N      N        N          N       N       N        N        N           %
 1995-96 and prior years                           18     10      2        1          0         1       0        1     33      6%
 1996-97                                            7      2      0        1          1         0       1        0     12      1%
 1997-98                                            8      3      2        0          1         1       0        0     15      2%
 1998-99                                           12      8      3        3          0         2       2        2     32      3%
 1999-00                                           25     11      6        4          2         2       2        1     53      4%
 2000-01                                           47     23     14        4          8         5       1        1    103      9%
 2001-02                                          250    105     41       23         12         5       2        2    440     32%
 2002-03                                          183     53     26       12          4         3       3        5    289     24%
 2003-04                                           92     32     18        8          6         4       1        3    164     15%
 2004-05                                           26     10      4        3          2         2       0        1     48      4%
 Total (N)                                     668       257    116       59         36      25      12       16      1189   100%
 Total (%)                                    56%       22%    10%       5%         3%      2%      1%       1%      100%      --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        301     95     48       23         12      9       4         9      501     42%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        551    200     89       46         24     14       6        11      941     79%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        598    223    103       50         32     19       7        12     1044     88%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       650    247    114       58         36     24      12        15     1156     97%
Data Sources: Gradfile06 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa


Table 8. 2005-06 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, Part-Time Status at Entry

                                                                                 Credits Earned
                                            Below       130-   140-     150-      160- 170- 180-
                                             130        139    149      159       169     179   189         190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N      N        N          N       N       N        N        N           %
 1995-96 and prior years                          20      15        9        6          4       0       1        2     57          3%
 1996-97                                           4       1        0        0          0       1       1        0      7          1%
 1997-98                                           4       8        2        1          2       0       0        0     17          1%
 1998-99                                           2       5        4        1          0       0       1        0     13          3%
 1999-00                                           7       3        4        2          0       0       0        0     16          4%
 2000-01                                          19       9        5        3          2       0       1        1     40          9%
 2001-02                                          28      11        4        6          2       1       0        1     53         37%
 2002-03                                          53      14        8        6          1       2       1        2     87         24%
 2003-04                                          43      18        5        3          0       2       1        1     73         14%
 2004-05                                           4       4        1        1          0       0       1        0     11          4%
 Total (N)                                     184        88     42       29         11      6       7        7       374    100%
 Total (%)                                    49%       24%    11%       8%         3%      2%      2%       2%      100%     --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        100     36     14       10            1       4       3        3    171         46%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        128     47     18       16            3       5       3        4    224         60%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        147     56     23       19            5       5       4        5    264         71%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       164     73     33       23            7       6       6        5    317         85%
Data Sources: Gradfile06 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa



Examination of Time To Degree Completion (2007)                                                                              Page 5
Table 9. 2006-07 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
         Credits Earned, All Recipients

                                                                                   Credits Earned
                                           Below        130-     140-     150-      160- 170- 180-
                                            130         139      149      159       169     179   189         190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N        N        N          N       N       N        N        N           %
 1996-97 and prior years                           46     14       12       12          6         2       3        6    101      6%
 1997-98                                            6      1        4        2          2         1       1        1     18      1%
 1998-99                                           15      7        3        6          1         2                1     35      2%
 1999-00                                           11      6       12        3          3         1       1              37      2%
 2000-01                                           43     18       10        7          5         1       3        2     89      6%
 2001-02                                           90     63       22       16          7                          1    199     13%
 2002-03                                          287    115       57       23          9         2       3             496     32%
 2003-04                                          187     73       33       23         13         6       1        2    338     22%
 2004-05                                          116     48       24       11          6         1       1        3    210     13%
 2005-06                                           28     11        6        2          1         1                      49      3%
 Total (N)                                     829       356      183      105         53      17      13       16      1572   100%
 Total (%)                                    53%       23%      12%       7%         3%      1%      1%       1%      100%      --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        331    132       63       36         20      8       2         5      597     38%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        618    247      120       59         29     10       5         5     1093     70%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        708    310      142       75         36     10       5         6     1292     82%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       783    342      171       93         47     15      10        10     1471     94%
Data Sources: Gradfile07 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa


Table 10. 2006-07 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
        Credits Earned, Full-Time Status at Entry

                                                                                   Credits Earned
                                           Below        130-     140-     150-       160- 170- 180-
                                            130         139      149      159        169    179   189         190+          Total
 Entry Year                                   N          N        N        N          N       N       N        N        N           %
 1996-97 and prior years                           22        6        4      6          3                 1        2     44      4%
 1997-98                                            2                 2      1          1                          1      7      1%
 1998-99                                           11      3                 5          1                          1     21      2%
 1999-00                                            8      3        7        3          1         1       1              24      2%
 2000-01                                           25     11        4        4          1         1       2        2     50      4%
 2001-02                                           77     48       17       14          4                               160     13%
 2002-03                                          250     92       47       20          7         1       2             419     35%
 2003-04                                          158     58       18       19         11         3       1        2    270     22%
 2004-05                                           94     41       21        8          6         1       1        1    173     14%
 2005-06                                           23        8        5        2          1       1                      40         3%
 Total (N)                                        670    270      125       82         36         8       8        9   1208    100%
 Total (%)                                    55%       22%      10%       7%         3%      1%      1%       1%      100%         --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                        275    107       44       29         18                          3    483     40%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                        525    199       91       49         25                          3    902     75%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        602    247      108       63         29                          3   1062     88%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       648    264      121       76         33                          7   1164     96%
Data Sources: Gradfile07 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa



Examination of Time To Degree Completion (2007)                                                                                Page 6
Table 11. 2006-07 Bachelor's Degree Recipients by Year of Entry to CCSU and Total
        Credits Earned, Part-Time Status at Entry

                                                                                     Credits Earned
                                            Below         130-     140-     150-      160-    170- 180-
                                             130          139      149      159       169     179   189        190+          Total
 Entry Year                                       N        N        N        N         N       N       N        N        N           %
 1996-97 and prior years                          24         8        8          6         3       2       2        4     57      16%
 1997-98                                           4         1        2          1         1       1       1              11       3%
 1998-99                                           4         4        3          1                 2                      14       4%
 1999-00                                           3         3        5                    2                              13       4%
 2000-01                                          18         7        6          3         4                              38      10%
 2001-02                                          13        15        5          2         3               1        1     40      11%
 2002-03                                          37        23       10          3         2       1                      76      21%
 2003-04                                          29        15       15          4         2       3       1              69      19%
 2004-05                                          22         7        3          3                                  2     37      10%
 2005-06                                              5        3        1                                                    9       2%
 Total (N)                                        159       86       58      23         17         9       5        7    364     100%
 Total (%)                                    44%         24%      16%       6%        5%      2%      1%       2%      100%         --
 Degree in 4 Years or Less                         56       25       19       7            2       3       1        2    115      32%
 Degree in 5 Years or Less                         93       48       29      10            4       4       1        2    191      52%
 Degree in 6 Years or Less                        106       63       34      12            7       4       2        3    231      63%
 Degree in 10 Years or Less                       135       78       50      17         14         7       3        3    307      84%
Data Sources: Gradfile07 and Sbgstdn+Shrlgpa




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