Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act
Federal legislation relating to student consumer rights requires all institutions participating in Federal student assistance programs to compile and publish completion and graduation rates. The information-gathering requirements are contained in legislation known as the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments of 1991.
Title I of the Act requires institutions to disclose completion and graduation rates (PDF) of full-time certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate students to current and prospective students by July 1, 1993 and annually thereafter. A student is considered to have completed or graduated if he or she fulfills the program's requirements within 150 percent of the normal time allotted for the program, that is six years for baccalaureate programs. Institutions may also augment these completion rates with information concerning students who left the institution prior to completion, and within 150 percent of the normal time allotted for completion, enrolled in a program at an eligible institution for which the prior program provided substantial preparation.
As of Fall 2012
It is important to recognize that students withdraw from college for various reasons; academic, medical, personal, social and financial problems are among those reasons. Completion of degree requirements in more than four years, the normal time allotted for the baccalaureate degree, does not necessarily mean continuous enrollment during this interval but rather reflects the time span measured from the student's initial enrollment through degree completion, and where appropriate, includes interruptions in attendance.
Title II of the Act requires disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics.