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January 2017


The increasing importance of graduate degrees and need for graduate tuition revenue are compelling university leaders to pay increased attention to graduate enrollment issues. This roundtable will explore how to measure graduate degree retention and completion. With a lack of external requirements to report graduate degree completion rates, institutions often don’t track them. Those that do must decide how to handle students matriculating at different times of the year, part time v. full time enrollment, combined degree students, and other scenarios inherent in graduate education. The moderator will share their institution’s efforts to track graduate degree completion by developing a rubric for cohorting students and open the conversation to discuss how others are tracking graduate students on their campuses. Additionally, institutions may wish to consider the influence of student inputs (grades and test scores) on degree completion.