Metro’s cost per graduate
Less attrition + timely graduation = cost reduction
An updated cost-efficiency study carried out by a collaboration between the Metro College Success Program and Dr. Robert Johnstone of the RP Group and the National Center for Inquiry and Improvement shows that Metro lowers an institution’s cost per graduate.
Full report available here: Metro’s Cost Study 2018
Supplemental materials showing incremental costs and cost per graduate here: Supplemental Materials
Metro students strongly outperform their more advantaged peers in graduation rates and time to degree, despite the fact that most initially place at “double remedial” in English and math. Metro sharply reduces attrition and excess units. Once these hidden costs are factored in, it becomes clear that Metro is substantially less expensive per graduate than current practice.
At SF State: Metro requires an additional investment of $677 per student per year for two years—a 5.8% increase—yet reduces overall costs per graduate by 12%, or $11,039, leveraging each dollar of investment more than 8 times. Throughout the CSU, the most common time to graduation is now six years. In contrast, for most Metro students, a full year is shaved off, with more than half of Metro students graduating in five years. Metro students also save, on average, one year of tuition and earn an extra year of wages.
At City College of San Francisco: Metro requires an additional investment of $790 per student per year for two years— an 8.5% increase—yet reduces overall costs by $24,088 per completer (graduation and/or transfer), leveraging each dollar of investment more than 15 times. Having been through a well-aligned curriculum and arriving as fully-junior-ready transfer students, City College Metro students who transfer to SF State earn their bachelor’s degree on average in only two years, rather than the typical three years.