College Milestones

Five-Year Completion of 30 or More Credits: Washington

Percentage of 2001-02 Washington State Community and Technical College students who completed 30 or more college credits within five years, by student type

What Is Measured?

Percentage of students who completed 30 or more college credits within five years

Who Is Counted?

First-time community and technical college students enrolled in Washington Community and Technical Colleges in 2001-02 in college-level students

What It Tells Us

Some 29 percent of all college-level students completed 30 or more credits in five years, including just over one-half (52 percent) of students enrolled with the intent to transfer.

Why It's Important

Students who intend to complete a program and obtain a credential or transfer to a four-year college must complete a required number of course credits. Even after the first year, earning a specific number of credits is a milestone that is associated with future success. For students who do not intend to graduate or transfer but may be more interested in improving their workforce skills or cultivating personal interests, earning a certain number of college-level credits may constitute a goal in and of itself.

About the Data

Transfer students are a subset of college-level students.

College-level: Includes only those students who took college-level courses.

Transfer: Includes students enrolled with the intent to transfer.

Data Source

Leinbach, D. T., & Jenkins, D. (2008, January). Using longitudinal data to increase community college student success: A guide to measuring milestone and momentum point attainment. CCRC No. 2. New York: Community College Research Center, Teachers College, Columbia University.