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Law graduates Yewande Ajoke Agboola and Jamilah Sultan look up at the crowds of supporters during their 2012 commencement ceremony from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. (File photo)

Online tool compares colleges’ enrollment, graduation rates

Quick – what’s the average college graduation rate in Maryland?

Maybe you know the answer: about 58 percent, which is higher than the national average.

But how about Morgan State University’s graduation rate in 2006? Or the acceptance rate at the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2012?

Stumped? Well, there’s no need to sit in the dark much longer. With a few quick clicks, you can track these statistics — and many others — using a new online tool under development by Collegis Education, a consulting and IT firm.

The interactive website will display easy-to-digest graphs that quickly show the rates of high school graduation, college acceptance, college enrollment and college graduation — nationally, and by state. It also will offer breakdowns by gender and race.

Why is this important?

Well, if you’re a parent or prospective student looking to enroll somewhere with a proven track record of helping students succeed, this tool is an incredibly simple way of comparing each institution against its peers.

And, if you’re a university administrator, the website — which displays data from 2003 to 2013 — could help you track progress over time.

The website is still under development. Some datasets, like for community colleges, haven’t been entered yet, but the “draft” version — as Collegis team member Brittany Klontz puts it — is already pretty robust. The final version will be ready next month, and this post will be updated with a link to it.

[Updated link can be found here.]

The graphs show, for instance, that Johns Hopkins University accepted about 18 percent of applicants in 2012 (down from 28 percent in 2008), and that 93 percent graduated within six years. JHU is consistently the top-performing school in Maryland in terms of graduation rates, never dipping below 88 percent since 2004.

About Alissa Gulin

Alissa Gulin covers health care, education and general business at The Daily Record.

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