Design Institute of San Diego tracks the retention, graduation, and completion time rates of all students.
Retention refers to the rate at which students return and re-enroll at DISD from semester to semester and from year to year, the rate at which DISD “retains” its students.
To determine our retention rate, we start with the list of students enrolled for a given fall semester. We then put each student into one of three categories:
- Students who enrolled for the following fall semester
- Students who graduated prior to the following fall semester
- Students who neither graduated nor enrolled for the following fall semester
Category 3 represents students who withdrew from the program for any reason, including moving or taking time off.
This is how we calculate the retention rate:
- Category 1 (students who enrolled) + Category 3 (students who withdrew) = Students DISD could have "retained"
- Category 1 (students who enrolled) ÷ Students DISD could have "retained" = Retention Rate
The retention rates for the last three years are below. The 2015 Retention Rate represents the rate at which students enrolled in Fall 2015 returned in Fall 2016.
Graduation rate represents the percentage of students who successfully complete the program, out of all students who started the program.
The current graduation rate is 88%.
For more details about how this rate is calculated, see the WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard.
Completion Time Rate
In addition to tracking the graduation rate, we measure how long it took graduates to complete the program. To measure the time required to complete the degree, we start with all the graduates in a given year, and then look to see how long it took each graduate to successfully complete the program.
To calculate the completion time rate, we compare the length of time a graduate was expected to take (expected program completion time) to the length of time that graduate actually took. Since DISD offers evening and part-time options as well as the full-time day program, the expected completion time is not the same for all students.
Full-time day students are expected to complete in 4 years, so 100% of their expected program completion time is 4 years, 150% is 6 years, and 200% is 8 years. Students who attend part-time or in the evening program may have different expected program completion times.
Completion Time Rate: Percent of Students Graduating in 100%, 150% or 200% of Expected Program Completion Time