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The data for this study was obtained from student records at North Iowa Area Community College and the National Student Clearinghouse. The National Student Clearinghouse, a non-profit organization, is the nation's source for post-secondary and secondary student degree, diploma and enrollment verification. NIACC students from 1996 to 2005 who subsequently attained a baccalaureate degree were identified utilizing records from the National Student Clearinghouse data on baccalaureate attainment. A total of 1,207 former non-accelerated NIACC students were identified in the Clearinghouse dataset along with 305 former accelerated NIACC students. The major finding of this analysis is NIACC accelerated students graduated earlier with a baccalaureate degree from four-year colleges and universities than non-accelerated students. Accelerated students when compared with non-accelerated students graduated on average 140 days earlier. (Contains 3 tables and 1 graph.)

Descriptors: Student Records, Transfer Rates (College), Community Colleges, Clearinghouses, College Transfer Students, Bachelors Degrees, Graduation, Graduation Rate, Acceleration (Education), Early Admission, Two Year College Students

Author: Morrison, Michael C.


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