The data track students across schools and states, which the organization says makes it the most complete measure available. Schools generally do not track students who transfer out, meaning those students get grouped together with those who leave college altogether — “noncomplete” ends up meaning both transfers and dropouts. The new data are based on students who first started college in fall 2008.
“It’s not a huge surprise to me. … We do quite well. I think that says positive things both about our institutions and our K-12 system, where we spend a particularly large amount of money,” said Paul R. Shelly, spokesman for the New Jersey Association of State Colleges and Universities, the group that represents the state’s four-year schools other than Rutgers University and the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
Here is the full report: http://nscresearchcenter.org/signaturereport8-statesupplement/