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CU-Boulder graduation & freshman retention rates - plot by ethnicity-citizenship group

Plot of 6-year graduation rates over time, by ethnicity-citizenship group

Full-time freshmen entering summer/fall only
(full time = 12+ hrs, counted at end of the fall term)

Students graduating from institutions other than CU-Boulder are NOT counted in the graduation rates.

Notes about the graphs:

In these plots we used a statistical technique called LOESS smoothing to better show the overall pattern for each ethnic group, which natural year-to-year variation can sometimes make difficult to discern. Rather than individual yearly data points alone, or a jagged line connecting each point, we show curved lines that smooth out the year-to-year variation and show the overall pattern for each group.

The symbols and lines match in color for each ethnic group; for example, the graduation rates for African-Americans for each year are shown as small red circles, while the red line shows the smoothed trend.

6-year graduation rates over the 16-year period shown:

The graduation rate for White students has been relatively stable and high. By contrast, graduation rates for ethnic minorities have increased substantially over time, with Asian-Americans going from the upper 40s to the upper 60s, African-Americans from the mid-30s to nearly 60, Hispanic/Chicanos from the mid-40s to the mid-50s, and Native Americans from under 40% to the mid-50s.

There have been ups and downs from year to year, partly owing to small numbers, but the general trend has been upward for each ethnic minority group.

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Run Date 11/06/2012 -- L:\IR\Tracking\ANAL\

Last revision 02/19/13

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