One consideration is whether or not the student applied for and received financial aid. At our institution, if that answer is yes, then the student must be considered degree-seeking even if they intended to transfer after a time.
Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness Director
Mitchell Technical Institute
If we have a student who enrolls in credit-bearing courses as a first-time, full-time undergraduate, but who says they do not intend to graduate from our institution and indeed transfers out after their first year, should they be included in our cohort? Do they count as “degree-seeking”, or not?
Director of Institutional Research