Design Institute of San Diego tracks the retention and graduation 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 number of students enrolled during a given 12-month period (July 1 to June 30), which is the Unduplicated 12-Month Headcount. We then subtract the number of students who withdrew from the program during that 12-month period to get the number of retained students. The number of retained students divided by the number of all enrolled students is the retention rate.
This is how we calculate the retention rate:
- All Students = Unduplicated 12-Month Headcount (students enrolled during a 12-month period from July 1 to June 30)
- Retained Students = All Students – Students who withdrew
- Retained Students ÷ All Students = Retention Rate
The retention rates for the last five years are below.
Graduation rate represents the percentage of students who successfully complete the program, out of all students who started the program. The graduation rate is calculated as an 8-year average, using a formula developed by the WSCUC accrediting agency. For details about this formula, please see the WSCUC Graduation Rate Dashboard.
Graduation rates for the past three 8-year periods are below.