Blackburn College: Student Right-to-Know
Blackburn College is pleased to provide the following information regarding our institution’s retention, graduation/completion rates, and student diversity. The information is provided in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. The figures below are based on the US Department of Education’s definitions, and are reported annually to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). Questions related to this report may be directed to the Office of Institutional Research at 217-854-5594 or kristi.nelms@blackburn.edu.
 

RETENTION, GRADUATION, AND COMPLETION RATES

 
Retention Rates
Retention Rates are calculated based on parameters defined by the US Department of Education and must be reported annually to the National Center for Educational Statistics (NCES). Each fall, all first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates form a cohort. The following fall, the cohort is examined to determine the number of students that have returned. This is also known as Fall to Fall retention.
 
These rates below show the percentage of degree/certificate seeking undergraduate students who begin in the fall term who return the next fall term (1 year later).
 

Report Year2017-182018-192019-202020-212021-225-Year Average
Year of Fall Entry20162017201820192020
Cohort Count (class size)169145167111116141
Retention Rate (1-year)56%70%58%69%67%64%

 
Graduation Rates
Graduation Rates are calculated based on parameters defined by the US Department of Education and must be reported annually to NCES. Each fall, all first-time, full-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates form a cohort. Students in the cohort are tracked for 150% of the normal time of their program (6-years) to see how many complete their degree.
 
The rates below show the percentage of degree/certificate seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students who begin in a specific fall term (cohort) and complete their programs within 150% of normal time to completion, as defined by NCES. For Blackburn students enrolled in a 4-year academic degree program, for instance, the graduation rate shows the percentage of the students in a specific entering class who graduate within 6 years.
 

Report Year2017-182018-192019-202020-212021-225-Year Average
Year of Fall Entry20112012201320142015
Cohort Count (class size)141135114*166*159143
Graduation Rate (6-Year)48%52%39%45%46%46%

*Cohort decreased due to death of one student
 

2021-22 Report Year (2015 Cohort)# in Cohort% in Cohort# Completers within 150%6-Year Graduation Rate
Gender
Female9157%4549%
Male6843%2841%
Race/Ethnicity
American Indian/Alaskan Native
Asian11%00%
Black or African American2818%621%
Hispanics of Any Race32%133%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander11%00%
Non-resident Alien
White12277%6251%
Two or More Races32%3100%
Race & Ethnicity Unknown11%1100%

 
Graduation Rates for Recipients of a Pell Grant or Stafford Loan
Recipients of a Pell Grant and Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan that did not receive a Pell Grant are mutually exclusive; a student is included in only one subgroup below. These rates show the percentage of degree/certificate seeking, first-time, full-time, undergraduate students who begin in a specific fall term (cohort) and complete their programs within 6 years (150% of normal time completion, as defined by NCES).
 

2021-22 Report Year (2015 Cohort)# in Cohort6-Year Graduation Rate
Total Bachelor’s or Equivalent Degree-seeking Cohort15946%
Recipients of a Pell Grant10541%
Recipients of a Subsidized Stafford Loan; no Pell Grant3057%
Did not receive a Pell Grant or Subsidized Stafford Loan2454%

 
Transfer-Out Rates
At this time, Blackburn has elected not to report this statistic because our mission does not include providing substantial preparation for students to enroll in other institutions and due to the additional time required to track this information.