Concordia University denied a report in Friday’s La Presse that its graduation rate is below the half-mark.
“The reporter used numbers for full-time students and in the other case for part-time students,” spokesperson Chris Mota said. “The bottom line is that it sounded as if our graduation rates have dropped, and they have not.”
Mota explained the government gives students a six year timeframe to graduate, statistically. So a part-time student who takes one class per semester for 10 years, won’t count as graduated on the statistics.
“Most full-time students graduate within three years,” she explained.
The report indicated the university has a 48 per cent, when in fact officials say the rate is more around 75 per cent. University officials say this falls within the national average.
“The problem was really, fairly basic, it was misinterpreting the data,” Mota said. “La Press voluntarily removed the article from its website and they said they’ll be writing a second article sometime next week.”