Students at the top 10% of the college board for-profit college admission rates are going to some schools with poor graduation rates, according to data from the Association of American Universities.
The data shows that the highest-performing colleges are also the most likely to admit students to top colleges, with more than 70% of for-profits admitted to four-year colleges, according the A.A.U. data.
That’s according to the latest data released Tuesday.
A look at the five highest-ranked colleges in the country.
In fact, the average graduation rate for the top 5% of colleges was 64%, compared with 33% for the bottom 5%, according to A.U.’s data.
The data also shows that students from the bottom 25% of institutions had graduation rates of 37%, compared to just 9% of students from top institutions.
The A.I.U., a trade association for American higher education, released its data Tuesday.
The association is calling on colleges to improve their academic performance.
“It is time for colleges to begin investing in their student-to-faculty ratio, and to implement programs that can improve student-facility engagement,” said Elizabeth Siegel, president and CEO of the association.
“The AICU is calling for the establishment of an effective and transparent, high-performing, and diverse college board, which is an essential element in making the transition from for-credit to postsecondary education.”
The A-U rankings are based on the number of graduates from a school’s student body, with the average of those graduating at least six years ago.
The rankings also include students who have already attended college, and are expected to graduate in three years.
The A.C.U.-A.I.-Aurora Foundation for Higher Education Data Analysis and Governance also collects student performance data from a wide variety of sources, including for-pay tuition and other federal and state aid.