Broome’s latest three-year federal graduation rate is nearly 28 percent — above the national average of around 23 percent. Its National Community College Benchmark Project data ranked it 15th in the nation (of the 210 institutions that submitted data) in fall-to-fall retention, with 60 percent of its students returning for a second academic year. Its semester-to-semester retention is even higher, at 79 percent. And of all those from the State University of New York’s 30 community colleges, Broome’s graduates are the most likely to earn a baccalaureate degree with 87 percent of its transfers eventually doing so. News: Taking Success for Granted - Inside Higher Ed.