This page provides frequently-requested information about student enrollment and completion at Georgia Highlands College. Some information comes from GHC’s Office of Planning, Assessment, Accreditation, and Research (PAAR), including excerpts from the GHC Fact Book. Some reports come from the University System of Georgia (USG). Information is available in the following categories:
- Student Demographics
- Retention Rates
- Graduation Rates
- Complete College Georgia Plan and Updates
- USG by the Numbers
GHC’s total enrollment in Fall 2019 is 6,168.
Multi-Year Total Enrollment
Retention rates are most frequently measured from a fall term to a fall term (one-year or fall-to-fall retention). Retention from a fall term to the following spring term (fall-to-spring) is also reported in this section. First time students are usually a special focus.
One Year (Fall to Fall) Retention Rates
One-year retention of first time, full time students who started in Fall 2018 remains high compared with GHC’s historical rates, though down from an all-time high for the Fall 2015 cohort.
GHC’s one-year retention rates compare favorably with the average one-year retention rates among State Colleges in USG (GHC’s peer institutions). For first time, full time students starting in Fall 2018, GHC shared the highest one-year retention rate with one other institution in the sector.
For first time, part time students starting in Fall 2018, GHC led the sector in one-year retention rate, as it has for four of the past five years.
More data on GHC’s one-year retention may be found in the Fact Book.
Fall to Spring Retention Rates
GHC’s fall-to-spring retention rates have historically been high. The most recent rates for first time, full time students are within a typical range.
Graduation rates for associate degrees are measured on a three-year basis by the University System of Georgia. The rate is the number of students who complete an associate degree within three years divided by the number of students who started at the college in the same term and were seeking associate degrees.
As with retention figures, the University System of Georgia publishes two figures for three-year graduation rate: the institutional rate (students who graduated from the same institution) and the system-wide rate (students who graduated from any USG institution). The rates shown below are the institutional graduation rates, which are typically lower than the system-wide rates.
GHC’s three-year graduation rate for first time, full time students seeking associate degrees is the second highest ever for the most recent cohort after an all-time high for the previous year’s cohort.
GHC’s three-year graduation rate for first time students who initially enrolled part time and were seeking associate degrees is an all-time high.
Complete College Georgia Plan and Annual Updates
Georgia Highlands College participates in the Complete College Georgia initiative within the University System of Georgia. A wealth of student achievement data appears in the annual updates, particularly in the data appendices. A list of the updates can be found on the PAAR Research page.
USG by the Numbers
A searchable database is provided by the University System of Georgia (USG) to help interested parties find information about enrollment, retention, graduation rates, and degrees conferred at any USG institution. This facility is sometimes called “USG 123.”