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Time to Completion Report 2015-2016

by Jessica Sanchez

The newest 2015- 2016 Time to Completion Reports are available at these links:
Time to Completion – El Camino College
Time to Completion – Compton Center

These reports show in-depth information about the amount of time that our students take to complete their degree and certificate programs. A detailed summary of the Time to Completion Reports for El Camino College and ECC Compton Center is included below.

El Camino College Report Summary

This report examines the time students require between first enrolling and finally completing their intended educational goals to receive program awards (Associate degrees and certificates) at El Camino College (ECC). This report specifically focuses on the 2,937 program awards received by ECC students during the 2015-2016 academic year. Very few students appear to complete the requirements for a degree within their first two years (9%), and the median time for degree completion is 4.3 years. The median is the middle value in the full range of times to completion, where approximately 50% take longer than the median and approximately 50% take less time than the median. Compared to degree-earners, proportionally more students completed the requirements for a certificate within the expected time (13%). The median time for certificate completion is approximately 4.5 years.  When considering the total number of awards, more than half of the students (51%) require more than twice the normal time to complete their programs. Overall, the time to completion has increased compared to the previous academic year. This report also examines various completion outcomes disaggregated according to gender, ethnicity, age, and units completed, which can be found in the full report.

The time required to complete a degree at El Camino College (ECC) is generally a longer amount of time than the two years expected of most community college degree and certificate programs.  Among ECC students who completed their degree or certificate programs in the 2015-2016 academic year, the time required ranged from approximately one semester up to 33 years. The median time to completion for degrees and certificates was 4.3 years. For a visual representation of the time required for ECC students to complete their degree and certificate programs, see the figure below.

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The majority of students (59%) do earn somewhere between the 60 units required for the degree and the 90 units that put them at risk of losing financial aid.  Although only 60 units are required to receive a degree, many students (90%) are earning more units than necessary. Students at ECC typically earn 80 units before receiving their degree, implying these students are taking at least an additional two semesters of coursework. The standard deviation is approximately 25 units, meaning that over 80% of degree-earners complete more than 58 units and over 95% of them complete at least 33 units at ECC.

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Overall, the time to completion for the 2015-2016 academic year has increased when compared to rates from the 2014-2015 academic year (i.e., overall median completion time has increased from 3.5 to 4.3 years). Compared to the previous year, El Camino College’s average years required for degrees has increased by 1 year, and the average years required for certificates has increased by almost 1 and a half years compared to the previous academic year.

For more detailed information on age, gender, and ethnicity, as well as CTE and STEM programs, read our full report at: Time to Completion – El Camino College


El Camino College Compton Center Report Summary

This report examines the time students require between first enrolling and finally completing their intended educational goals to receive program awards (Associate degrees and certificates) at El Camino College (ECC) Compton Center. This report specifically focuses on the 565 program awards received by Compton Center students during the 2015-2016 academic year.  Relatively few students appear to complete the requirements for a degree within their first two years (19%), and the median time for degree completion is 3.9 years. Few students completed the requirements for a certificate within the expected time (11%), though the median time for certificate completion is lower than that of degree earners (2.7 years).  Almost a third of the students (32%) require more than twice the normal time to complete their degree or certificate programs. Overall, the time to completion has decreased compared to the previous academic year. This report examines various completion outcomes disaggregated according to gender, ethnicity, age, and units completed, which can be found in the full report.

The time required to complete a degree at El Camino College Compton Center is generally a longer amount of time than the two years expected of most community college degree and certificate programs.  Among Compton Center students who completed their degree or certificate programs in the 2015-2016 academic year, the time required ranged from approximately one semester up to 19 years. The median time to completion was 3.9 years for degrees and 2.7 years for certificates. For a visual representation of the time required for ECC Compton Center students to complete their degrees and certificates, see the figure below.

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The majority of students (57%) do earn somewhere between the 60 units required for the degree and the 90 units that put them at risk of losing financial aid. Although only 60 units are required to receive a degree, many students (79%) are earning more units than necessary. Students at Compton Center typically earn 77 units before receiving their degree, implying these students are taking at least one additional semester of coursework. The standard deviation is large (25 units), meaning that over 80% of degree-earners complete more than 52 units and over 95% of them complete at least 27 units at ECC or Compton.

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Students at the Compton Center tend to require more than the two years that are expected to be necessary to complete degree and certificate programs. Typically, students require four years or more (i.e., several students complete at approximately 200% of the expected time required).  However, there appear to be student characteristics that influence (or are related to) variation in the time required to complete their programs. Most substantially, the age of the student and the number of units a student earns at the time of receiving their award seem to inform whether they complete in a shorter or longer amount of time. Overall, the time to completion for the 2015-2016 academic year has increased slightly when compared to rates from the 2014-2015 academic year (i.e., overall median completion time has increased from 2.9 to 3.7 years). Compared to the previous year, Compton Center’s average years required for degrees has slightly increased by less than half a year, while the average years required for certificates have decreased by 0.9 years.

For more detailed information on age, gender, and ethnicity, as well as CTE and STEM programs, read our full report at: Time to Completion – Compton Center

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