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.

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.

Detailed GWC completion data:

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”.

Graduation rates are based on the student’s completion status as of August 31, 2019.

The table below compares Golden West College’s Completion and Transfer Rates to the statewide community college average for Fall 2016 cohort.

GWCState Wide
Completion Rate36.00%32.36%
Transfer Rate 9.66%10.35%

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: 2016 cohort.

Overall Graduation Rate Rate
American Indian or Alaskan Native50%
Black or African American20%
Hispanic or Latino26%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander14%
Two or more races26%
Race/ethnicity unknown80%
Nonresident alien44%
Transfer out-rate10%

Graduation rates are based on the student’s completion status as of August 31, 2017

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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