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Student Right-to-Know

Public Law 101-542, more commonly referred to as the Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act was signed into law on November 8, 1990. The federal legislation requires institutions of higher education receiving federal financial assistance to provide information regarding graduation rates of its students to prospective and current students. The six-year graduation rate for the 2007 cohort of entering freshmen was 62.5%.  In addition, the fall to fall retention rate for the 2012 cohort of entering freshmen was 81.7%

The initial cohort from which graduation/completion and retention rates are drawn are made up of:

  • Full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students;
    categorized by race/ethnicity and gender
  • Students who attend another postsecondary institution the summer prior to attending the institution;
  • Students with advanced standing (college credits earned while in high school);
  • Students in remedial courses who qualify for student financial aid; and
  • Students in vocational and occupational programs, off-campus programs, distance learning, or home-study programs.

The following students are not included:

  • Students who are enrolled part-time when they enter the institution;
  • Students who transfer into the institution;
  • Non-degree seeking students (students enrolled in courses not creditable toward a formal award or the completion of a vocational program);
  • Students who previously took remedial courses exclusively, even if they enter with no credit;
  • Students studying abroad if their enrollment at the institution is only an administrative record and the fee is nominal;
  • Students who are taking CEU's, unless they are also enrolled full-time in courses creditable toward a degree or other formal award;
  • Students who are exclusively auditing classes; and
  • Student enrolled in a branch campus located in a foreign country.

When reviewing this information, please bear in mind:

  • Graduation rates are based on a six-year period of attendance.
  • Graduation rates do not include students who left the school to serve in the armed forces, on official church missions, or in the foreign service of the federal government. Students who died or were totally and permanently disabled are also excluded.
  • Additionally, students not counted as completers may still be attending Lewis, may have transferred to another postsecondary institution to complete their education, or may have discontinued their education at this time.

The 62.5% 6-year graduation rate for the 2007 cohort of entering freshmen is further broken down by the following populations:

Total Male Population: 64.3% Total Female Population: 61.1%
Caucasian Male: 72.4% Caucasian Female: 66.3%
African American Male: 47.8% African American Female: 43.2%
Hispanic Male: 34.3% Hispanic Female: 52.6%
Other Male: 57.9% Other Female: 57.1%


The 81.7% fall to fall retention rate for the 2012 cohort of entering freshmen is further broken down by the following populations:

Total Male Population: 80.1% Total Female Population: 83.1%
Caucasian Male: 82.7% Caucasian Female: 84.7%
African American Male: 66.7% African American Female: 69.6%
Hispanic Male: 78.6% Hispanic Female: 83.1%
Other Male: 74.1% Other Female: 80.0%


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