How do enrollment fluctuations affect rates?

The Graduation Rate Dashboard relies on numbers of units, enrolled students, and graduating students in any given year and is not cohort based. Consequently, if enrollment is increasing, both the unit redemption rate and absolute graduation rate may be depressed. In that case increased numbers of students are generating units but have not had time to compete their programs. By contrast, if enrollment is decreasing, both rates will increase. Under these circumstances, it is advisable to consider several years’ data and multiple sources until enrollment reaches a steady state.