Graduation Rates Aren’t the Strongest Indicator of Institutional Success
Podcast by Dr. Bjorn Mercer, Program Director, Communication, Philosophy, Religion, and World Languages and Dr. Wally Boston, President Emeritus, American Public University System
Note: This podcast was originally published on APU Edge.
Institutions of higher education are often compared and judged based on their graduation rates, but it often provides an incomplete picture of institutional success. In this podcast, Dr. Bjorn Mercer and I discuss various metrics used to compare institutions and the many variables that affect those metrics.
Read the Transcript:
Dr. Bjorn Mercer: Hello, my name is Dr. Bjorn Mercer and today we’re talking to Dr. Wally Boston, President Emeritus at American Public University System. And our conversation today is about graduation rates. Welcome, Wally.
Dr. Wallace Boston: Thank you, Bjorn, it’s good to be here.
Dr. Bjorn Mercer: Excellent, and I’m excited about this conversation. Graduation rates in higher education are kind of a metric that is used to compare. So in a recent article that you penned, “When Graduation Rates are All About the Numbers, Are They Really?” you discuss graduation rates in higher education. And so my first question is, how and why are graduation rates just one metric of many of a college’s success?