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Retention Rate

Definition: The number and percentage of full time first time degree seeking freshmen who enroll during one fall term and return the next fall term

Goal: Increase the freshman retention rate to at least 75% by fall 2018.

Benchmark: 61%

First-Time Freshman Retention Rate

Fall 2008

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

A.   No. of new Full-Time first- time freshmen

1,286

1,202

1,249

1,232

1,241

1,137

906

765

1,024

Percentage

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

B.  No. of students returning year two

867

891

885

806

806

694

659

565

X

Percentage

67%

74%

71%

65%

65%

61%

73%

74%

X

Student Progression Rates

Definition: Student retention rate is defined as the number and percentage of full time first time degree seeking freshmen who enroll during one fall term and return the next fall term.

Target: Increase to the percentage of upper level enrolled undergraduate students 48% of total enrolled undergraduate students.

Benchmark: 36.1%

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Headcount Enrollment by Classification and Gender

Student Classification

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

Male

Female

Total

First-Time Freshmen

445

692

1,137

376

531

907

342

423

765

726

598

1,024

Other Freshmen

370

515

885

282

343

625

237

247

484

184

177

361

Total Freshmen

815

1,207

2,022

658

874

1,532

579

670

1,249

610

775

1,385

Freshmen as a
Percentage of Total

40.6%

40.0%

40.2%

36.6%

32.5%

34.1%

32.9%

27.6%

29.9%

34.5%

32.4%

33.3%

Sophomores

436

697

1,133

373

634

1,007

421

594

1,015

418

549

967

Sophomores as a
Percentage of Total

21.7%

23.1%

22.5%

20.7%

23.6%

22.4%

23.9%

24.5%

24.3%

23.6%

22.9%

23.2%

Number of
Lower Level Students

1,251

1,904

3,155

1,031

1,508

2,539

1,000

1,264

2,264

1,028

1,324

2,352

Percentage of
Lower Level Students

62.6%

63.2%

63.0%

58.6%

56.3%

57.9%

57.5%

52.5%

54.6%

58.3%

55.7%

56.8%

Juniors

420

571

991

386

628

1,014

354

558

912

382

514

896

Juniors as a
Percentage of Total

20.9%

18.9%

19.7%

21.4%

23.3%

22.6%

20.1%

23.0%

21.8%

21.6%

21.5%

21.5%

Seniors

328

537

865

373

542

915

385

587

972

352

541

893

Seniors as a
Percentage of Total

16.3%

17.8%

17.2%

20.7%

20.1%

20.4%

21.9%

24.2%

23.2%

19.9%

22.6%

21.4%

Number of
Upper Level Students

748

1,108

1,856

759

1,170

1,929

739

1,145

1,884

734

1,055

1,789

Percentage of
Upper Level Students

37.4%

36.8%

37.0%

42.4%

44.7%

43.1%

42.5%

47.5%

45.4%

41.7%

44.3%

43.2%

Total Excluding
Other Degree Seeking

1,999

3,012

5,011

1,790

2,678

4,468

1,739

2,409

4,148

1,762

2,379

4,141

Other Degree Seeking

8

4

12

7

6

13

17

11

28

4

10

14

Others as a
Percentage of Total

0.4%

0.1%

0.2%

0.4%

0.2%

0.3%

0.9%

0.5%

0.7%

0.2%

0.4%

0.3%

Grand Total

2,007

3,016

5,023

1,797

2,684

4,481

1,756

2,420

4,176

1,766

2,389

4,155

As an extension of the first year retention rate, the overall progression of full-time first-time degree seeking freshmen is also measured and tracked for five years by cohort to determine the number and percentage of students who return each year as an indicator of extent to which students are likely to progress to the upper level of enrollment and degree completion.

Retention and Progression Rates (Full-Time/First-Time Students) by Cohort 2008-2016

First-Time/Full-Time Student - Retention and Progression Rates by Cohort

Fall 2008

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

A.   No. of new Full-Time first- time freshmen

1,286

1,202

1,249

1,232

1,241

1,137

906

765

1,024

Percentage

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

B.  No. of students returning year two

867

891

885

806

806

694

659

565

X

Percentage

67%

74%

71%

65%

65%

61%

73%

74%

X

C.  No. of students returning year three

672

710

655

644

579

X

X

X

X

Percentage

52%

59%

52%

52%

47%

X

X

X

X

D.  No. of students returning year four

598

631

593

574

X

X

X

X

X

Percentage

47%

52%

47%

47%

X

X

X

X

X

E.  No. of students returning year five

290

268

277

X

X

X

X

X

X

Percentage

23%

22%

22%

X

X

X

X

X

X

Graduation Rate and Time-to-Degree

Definition: The graduation rate is calculated by following a cohort of first time full time degree seeking freshmen and determining the number of students in the cohort who fulfill degree requirements after four, five, and six years as a percentage of the total number of students in the freshman cohort. 

Average time to degree is calculated as an average of the total amount of time that students in the cohort spend to fulfill degree requirements within a six-year period. 

Goal: Increase the six year graduation rate to at least 55% by fall 2017.

Benchmark: 43%

Six-Year Graduation Rate and Average Time to Degree

 

Fall 2007

Fall 2008

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

A.  No. of new full-time first- time freshmen

1,037

1,286

1,202

1,249

1,232

1,241

1,136

B.  No. of students graduating in four years or less

259

302

353

307

242

X

 

X

Percentage

25%

24%

29%

25%

20%

X

X

C.  No. of students graduating in five years or less

433

505

531

505

461

 

X

 

X

Percentage

41%

40%

44%

40%

38%

X

X

D.  No. of students graduating in six years or less

476

554

583

552

X

 

X

 

X

Percentage

46%

43%

49%

44%

X

X

X

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Average Time to Degree: 4.8 Years

Goal: 4.5 years

Licensure Examination Annual Pass Rates

Definition: This student achievement measure is vital to monitoring the progress of VSU to increase the number of education graduates who satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure.

Goal: Improve teacher education programs and student preparation to increase annual pass rates on both teacher education licensure examinations to at least 85%

Benchmark: 80%

Teacher Education Licensure Examinations Annual Pass Rates

Virginia Approved Education Program

 

VCLA

 

PRAXIS II

 

VRA or RVE

Comp

Passed

Pass Rate

Comp

Passed

Pass Rate

Comp

Passed

Pass Rate

Elementary Education PreK-6

34

32

97%

34

32

97%

34

32

97%

Special Education General Curriculum K-12

25

20

80%

25

20

80%

Legend: VCLA - Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment

                  VRA - Virginia Reading Assessment for Elementary and Special Education Teachers

                  RVE - Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

NOTE:   (a) No licensure assessment is required for counselor education and central office personnel.

               (b) Pass rates are not calculated for education programs with fewer than 10 completers.

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