Student Right to Know

Student Right To Know (Completion Rates)

In compliance with the Student Right-To-Know (SRTK) Act of 1990 (Public Law 101-542), Golden West College makes available its completion and transfer rates to all current and prospective students.

These rates are based on a limited cohort (or group) of students which are tracked for a three-year period. The cohort is limited, because it includes only students who entered Golden West College in the fall term as first-time, full-time students seeking a degree, certificate or transfer.

Students included in the 2013 SRTK Cohort were tracked from Fall 2013 through Spring 2016 to determine their academic outcomes during the time period.

Golden West College Completion and Transfer Rates

Completion Rate: A student is included in the Completion Rate if they attained a certificate or degree or became “transfer prepared” within the three-year period. Transfer-prepared is defined as having completed 60 transferable units with a GPA of 2.0 or better.

Transfer Rate: A student is included in the Transfer Rate if, within the three-year tracking period, they transferred to another postsecondary institution prior to receiving a certificate or degree or becoming “transfer-prepared”.

The table below compares Golden West College’s Completion and Transfer Rates to the statewide community college average.

GWCState Wide
Completion Rate36.70%29.30%
Transfer Rate 13.71%10.32%

Golden West College Graduation Rates

Graduation rates of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within 150% of normal time to program completion, by gender and race/ethnicity and transfer out-rate: 2013 cohort.

Overall Graduation Rate Rate
American Indian or Alaskan Native0%
Black or African American24%
Hispanic or Latino32%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander10%
Two or more races30%
Race/ethnicity unknown0%
Nonresident alien38%
Transfer out-rate14%

Graduation rates are based on the student’s completion status as of August 31, 2016

Source: IPEDS 2016 Survey, retrieved from:

These rates do not represent the completion and transfer rates of the entire student population at Golden West College, nor do they account for student outcomes occurring after this three-year tracking period. For more information on SRTK methodology, interpretation, and rates at other community colleges, you can visit the California Community College Chancellor’s Office website at . Additionally, the IPEDS Graduation Rate Survey utilizes the same cohorts and reports out six-year tracking periods.

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