We have a variable (student type) that serves as an indicator of student intent when applying: non-degree, new degree-seeking FTIAC, new degree-seeking graduate, etc. Our programs of study also include "non-candidate for degree" types.  We use those two variables to determine whether to include a student in a cohort.  Perhaps your admissions/registrar's office assigns, and you could use, that type of information. 

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On Tue, Sep 27, 2016 at 3:13 PM, George Allen <gallen@hillsdale.edu> wrote:



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