Achieving Efficiency at the State University of New York (Page 3)
Instructional Efficiency - Degree Requirements
Instructional Efficiency - Graduation Rates
The data shows that there are 260 campuses in the U.S. similar to our comprehensive colleges. SUNY Geneseo ranks first in our country for four-year graduation, and nine other SUNY comprehensive colleges rank in the top 50 (top 20 percent). No other public university system in the nation has so many of its colleges in the top 20 percent, and several states that are recognized for their high-quality comprehensive colleges have no campuses in the top fifty, including California, Texas, Michigan, Georgia, Wisconsin, and Ohio, to name a few.
For our doctoral campuses, there are 163 similar public research universities. All five of our campuses in this category are in the top 50 (Binghamton University, University at Albany, Environmental Science and Forestry, Stony Brook University, and the University at Buffalo). Binghamton University is ranked third in the nation, behind only the University of Virginia and the College of William and Mary, and ahead of such world renowned campuses as the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The University at Albany ranked 10th nationally, ahead of all of the campuses of the University of California, including UCLA, Berkeley, Davis, and San Diego.
We encourage mission differentiation among our campuses and try to avoid unnecessarily duplicating programs, which leads a significant number of students to transfer between SUNY campuses when they change their major or academic focus. For every two first-time, full-time students, SUNY enrolls one transfer student: 42 percent of our graduates have transferred at least once in their college career, and each year, 8.5 percent of our students are new transfers, 63 percent of them from within the SUNY system. When intra-SUNY transfers are factored into the system-wide graduation rate it jumps to 64 percent over six years. When all transfer students, including those from private colleges, community colleges, and other public systems are included SUNY's six-year graduation rate is 69 percent. Finally, if we include those who transfer out of the SUNY system we see that an impressive 78 percent of our students graduate from college within six years.