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Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Cohort Retention, Persistence, and Graduation

Ashford University offers courses in two modalities – online and traditional (on-campus).

Online Modality Terms and Information

The academic calendar for the online modality at Ashford University is continuous, rather than defined by semester dates. Typically, students take one course at a time and move to the next course in the program sequence without a break, although students may take an approved break of up to 45 days between classes without being withdrawn from the program. All courses begin on a Tuesday and end five weeks later (undergraduate), or six weeks later (graduate), on a Monday. Undergraduate and graduate classes begin each week, with the exception of one annual two-week Winter Break when courses are not scheduled.

On-Campus Modality Terms and Information

The academic calendar for the on-campus modality at Ashford University is defined by semesters – fall, spring, and summer. Typically, students take four to five courses each fall and spring semester. For the summer term, students may take courses or choose to have a break.

Retention, Graduation, and Persistence Rates

Ashford University's retention and graduation rates for its first-time, full-time bachelor's degree seeking students are reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and are publically available on the College Navigator. Therefore, the College Navigator website only shows one year of retention rates. For your information, IPEDS retention rates are shown below since 2005.

Retention Rates for First-Time Full-Time Bachelor's Degree Seeking
As Reported to IPEDS

Fall
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in the Fall and Returned the Following Fall
2005
42%
2006
45%
2007
40%
2008
41%
2009
36%
2010
42%
2011
39%

Source: IPEDS, 2013.
Note: The Fall 2012 rate will be reported to IPEDS in Spring 2014.

The majority of Ashford University's bachelor's degree seeking students have had prior college experience, and therefore are not represented in the definition of first-time, full-time bachelor's degree seeking students included on the College Navigator website. Therefore, we present Annual Cohort rates which includes retention, graduation and persistence data for all students (first-time, transfer, and part-time) who attend more than one week of their first course. Retention, graduation, and persistence data are available by degree level, modality, and student characteristics.

 

Cohort Retention, Graduation, and Persistence - Degree Level and Modality for Degree Seeking Students
Academic Years 2005-2006 through 2011-2012

 

Retention, Graduation, and Persistence Rates by Modality and Degree Level

Category

Annual Cohort

Online

Campus

Associate's

Bachelor's

Master's

Bachelor's

Overall

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Age

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Gender

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Pell

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NA*

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Race/ Ethnicity

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NA = Not Applicable.

*Pell Grants are not available to Master's students.