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. 


Marla Smith

Accreditation & Institutional Effectiveness Director

Mitchell Technical Institute

Mitchell, SD





From: George Allen []
Sent: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 2:13 PM
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Subject: [cds] Definition of "Degree-Seeking"




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?


Thank you,


George Allen

Director of Institutional Research

Hillsdale College