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American College of Education facts and figures

American College of Education has a high graduation rate compared to other institutions that offer online degree programs. As the U.S. Department of Education does not require institutions to report graduation rates at the post-baccalaureate level, ACE completed research on master’s level graduation rates for a comparable set of private institutions specializing in online instruction. As of February 2013, these rates ranged from a low of 50 percent to a high of 64 percent. At the undergraduate level, the rates were as low as 18 percent. Given these comparative statistics, ACE is quite pleased with our 73 percent cumulative graduation rate. Of our graduates, 76 percent complete their master’s degree in 18 or fewer months.

Graduate retention rate 2014

Another institutional statistic, retention rate*, is calculated at 82 percent for the 2014 calendar year. This aggregate retention rate may be compared to a national first-to-second-year average of 72 percent for master’s degree institutions in the public and private sector, as reported by ACT in its 2014 document, "National Collegiate Retention and Persistence to Degree Rates."

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*Retention rate is defined as the percentage of all degree-seekers enrolled at some point during a calendar year (less graduates) who remain actively enrolled as of January 2nd of the following year.

Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment: January 2015