Student Right-to-Know Act
The Student Right-to-Know Act, passed by Congress in 1990, requires institutions eligible for Title IV funding, under the Higher Education Act of 1965, to calculate completion or graduation rates of certificate- or degree-seeking, full-time students entering that institution, and to disclose these rates to current and prospective students. Every institution that participates in any Title IV program and is attended by students receiving athletically-related student aid is required to disclose graduation/completion rates of all students as well as students receiving athletically-related student aid by race/ethnicity, gender and by sport, and the average completion or graduation rate for the four most recent years, to parents, coaches, and potential student athletes. To read more about the Student Right-to-Know Act, please visit the National Center for Education Statistics website at http://nces.ed.gov.
While reviewing this information, please keep the following in mind:
- All graduation rates are based on 6 years of attendance, which equates to 150% of the normal completion time of our longest undergraduate program.
- Because each University of Wisconsin System campus is treated as a separate institution, students who begin as freshmen at one campus and receive a degree from another campus are not counted as graduates. Because of this, graduation rates for the System campuses may appear low in comparison with System-wide graduation reports.
- Graduation rates do not include students who left school:
- Who left school to serve in the armed forces
- Who left to take part in official church missions
- Who left to help with a foreign aid service of the federal government
- Who died or became totally and permanently disabled.
- The information does not identify reasons why our students withdrew; therefore, students who withdrew for personal or medical reasons are included. Additionally, students who started at UW-Stout who transferred to another university and graduated will not be included in our graduation rate.
- Retention and Graduation rates are for a select group of full-time baccalaureate-degree-seeking freshmen. While this is an important group to track, it does not represent all of our students, including students who start in the spring, transfer students, part-time students, graduate students, or non-degree seeking students.