Responsibility:  Institutional Effectiveness

Key Stakeholder(s): Students

Goal and Rationale

Goal: To measure the extent of enhancing success throughout our learning community for students.

Rationale: Student success is defined as measures of student retention, graduation and career outcome rates. These three measures are standardized by Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) or National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Definition and Collection Plan

Formal Definition: Student retention will include the formal first-year retention rate as defined by IPEDS. Graduation rates will include 6-year rates as reported annually to IPEDS. Graduate outcome rates include students’ post-graduation engagement in full-time or part-time employment, volunteer service, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or enrollment in a program of continuing education.

Frequency:  Annually

Comparison Group(s): 5-year Historical Trend / Aspirational Group / Competitor Group / Peer Group


Variables: Retention Rate / Graduation Rate / Graduate Outcomes Rate / Completion Rate

Audiences:  All