Where Are They Now? Fall 2008 Cohort

This study examines students’ paths following their enrollment in the Division of Undergraduate Studies (DUS) at Penn State University Park. The study highlights two cohorts of students. The first cohort—called the Originators—includes students admitted as first–year students in fall 2008 to the Division of Undergraduate Studies at University Park. The second cohort—the Incomers—is composed of students who changed during fall 2008 into the division at University Park from another Penn State enrollment unit. The data show that both Originators and Incomers to the division successfully graduated within five years and persisted in the academic college chosen immediately after their enrollment in the division.

Originators

  • The 2008 Originators continued to graduate from all colleges, including Arts and Architecture and Nursing. The colleges from which most Originators graduated were the Smeal College of Business (258) and the colleges of Health and Human Development (149), the Liberal Arts (144), and Communications (77).
  • The five–year graduation rate for students beginning in the division is consistent with that of students across University Park.
  • Only 2% (n=20) of the Originators were dropped to Nondegree Conditional (NDEGC) status for poor scholarship; one of these students successfully graduated as of summer 2013.

Incomers

  • Thirty–seven incomers entered the division with greater than or equal to a 2.0 cumulative grade–point average (CGPA). Of this population, 86% graduated by summer 2013. One was still enrolled in the fall 2013 semester. Four did not continue at the University.
  • Since students are eligible to enter the division with CGPA below a 2.0, the division plays an important enrollment role.
  • Of the 20 Incomers entering the division with less than a 2.0 (CGPA), 14 students entered from STEM fields. Half of these students graduated by summer 2013; two were still enrolled as of fall 2013. Five were dropped to NDEGC status.

Fall 2008 Cohort Description

Fall 2008 Cohort Description
Originators Incomers Total
Total number of students 983 58 1041
Number of graduates (as of SU13) 818 42 860
Number of conferred degrees1 903 (83 double, 2 triple) 45 (3 double) 948

1some students earned more than one degree

Retention, Graduation, and Attrition Rates for Fall 2008 Cohort *

Retention, Graduation and Attrition Rates for fall 2008 Cohort
Originators Incomers Total
Graduated (as of SU13) 818 (83.2%) 42 (72.4%) 860
Left Penn State with CGPA ≥ 2.0 95 (9.7%) 5 (8.6%) 100
Left Penn State with CGPA < 2.0 35 (3.6%) 8 (13.8%) 43
Still attending Penn State (as of FA13) 31 (3.2%) 3 (5.2%) 34
Dropped for poor scholarship 16 (1.6%) 5 (8.6%) 21

*some data may overlap, e.g., a student may have been dropped for poor scholarship and may also have left Penn State with CGPA < 2.0

Retention, Graduation, and Attrition Rates for Fall 2008 Incomers *

Total Number CGPA at Entry ≥ 2.0 CGPA at Entry < 2.0
Graduated (as of SU13) 42 32 (76.1%) 10 (23.8%)
Left Penn State with CGPA ≥ 2.0 5 3 (60%) 2 (40%)
Left Penn State with CGPA < 2.0 8 1 (12.5%) 7 (87.5%)
Still attending Penn State (as of FA13) 3 1 (33.3%) 2 (66.7%)
Dropped for poor scholarship 5 0 (0%) 5 (100%)

*some data may overlap, e.g., a student may have been dropped for poor scholarship and may also have left Penn State with CGPA < 2.0

5–Year Graduation Rates

Five year graduation rates for the 2008 cohort
For the 2008 cohort, 83.% percent of Division Originators, 72.4% of Division Incomers, and 84% of all University Park students graduated in five years.

College of Graduation of Fall 2008 Originators

Fall 2008 cohort Originator colleges of graduation
College Number of Originators graduated
Agricultural Sciences 26
Arts and Architecture 9
Business, Smeal College 258
Communications 77
Education 35
Earth and Mineral Sciences 21
Engineering 24
Health and Human Development 149
Information Sciences and Technology 21
Liberal Arts 144
Nursing 6
Science, Eberly College 41

College of Origin & Graduation of Fall 2008 Incomers

Fall 2008 cohort incomers colleges of origin and graduation
College Number of Incomers originated Number of Incomers graduated
Agricultural Sciences 0 1
Arts and Architecture 5 0
Business, Smeal College 6 22
Communications 4 3
Education 1 0
Earth and Mineral Sciences 2 2
Engineering 24 0
Health and Human Development 5 3
Information Sciences and Technology 2 3
Liberal Arts 5 8
Nondegree Regular 1 0
Science, Eberly College 7 3

Persistence of College Choice Following Enrollment in the Division of Undergraduate Studies

Over ninety percent of D U S students graduated from the college chosen while in the division.

Five percent of Originators and seven percent of Incomers changed their college more than once after enrollment in the division. Ninety five percent of Originators and ninety three percent of Incomers graduated from the college chosen while in the division.

Three–Year Comparison (2006, 2007, 2008)

The following charts depict graduation rates, colleges of graduation for Originators, and colleges of origin and graduation for Incomers for the 2006, 2007, and 2008 cohorts. The Originator cohort size continued to decrease in 2008, while the Incomer cohort substantially decreased in 2008.  Despite the continued decrease in cohort size, the graduate rates for Originators remains consistent with all other University Park students.

The number of students in the 2008 Originator cohort graduating from the Colleges of Arts & Architecture and the Eberly College of Science increased while the number of students graduating from all other colleges decreased. The Smeal College of Business, Health and Human Development, and Liberal Arts consistently graduate the most students in the Originator cohort.

The Colleges of Engineering and the Eberly College of Science remain the top two colleges of origin for Incomers to DUS in fall 2008. The Smeal College of Business and Liberal Arts are the top two college of graduation for Incomers in 2008.

Three–year comparison of Originators and Incomers

Originators Incomers
Cohort year 2006 2007 2008 2006 2007 2008
Total number of students 1320 1167 983 96 101 58
Number graduated 1117 957 818 80 76 42
Number of degrees conferred 1190 1048 903 85 80 45
Number of double majors 66 74 83 5 2 3

Three–year comparison of 5–Year Graduation Rates

5 year graduation rates for the past three cohorts of students.
2006 all University Park students 2006 D U S Originators 2007 all University Park students 2007 D U S Originators 2008 all University Park students 2008 D U S Originators
Graduated within five years 85 percent 83.9 percent 81.7 percent 82 percent 84 percent 83.2 percent

Three–year comparison of Originators' college of graduation

Three year comparison of originators colleges of graduation
College 2006 cohort graduates 2007 cohort graduates 2008 cohort graduates
Agricultural Sciences 23 21 9
Arts and Architecture 16 21 26
Business, Smeal College 393 336 258
Communications 114 90 77
Earth and Mineral Sciences 21 33 21
Education 50 33 35
Engineering 24 34 24
Health and Human Development 212 164 149
Information Sciences and Technology 42 17 21
Liberal Arts 172 167 144
Nursing 11 7 6
Science, Eberly College 38 34 41

Three–year comparison of Incomers' college of origin

Three year comparison of incomers colleges of origin
College 2006 cohort 2007 cohort 2008 cohort
Agricultural Sciences 6 4 5
Arts and Architecture 5 3 0
Business, Smeal College 4 5 6
Communications 8 4 4
Earth and Mineral Sciences 3 0 2
Education 3 8 1
Engineering 27 30 20
Health and Human Development 9 8 5
Information Sciences and Technology 1 1 2
Liberal Arts 9 11 5
Nursing 1 0 0
Science, Eberly College 13 22 7
Nondegree Regular 0 1 1
Nondegree Conditional 0 2 0

Three–year comparison of Incomers' college of graduation

Three year comparison of incomers colleges of graduation
College 2006 cohort graduates 2007 cohort graduates 2008 cohort graduates
Agricultural Sciences 4 0 0
Arts and Architecture 0 0 1
Business, Smeal College 45 25 22
Communications 7 3 3
Earth and Mineral Sciences 3 0 2
Education 0 0 0
Engineering 0 0 0
Health and Human Development 4 8 3
Information Sciences and Technology 0 6 3
Liberal Arts 10 11 8
Nursing 0 0 0
Science, Eberly College 3 2 3
Non UP Programs 1 0 0