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Student Achievement Goals, Measures, and Performance Data

EMU evaluates success with respect to student achievement using the following measures and indicators:

Retention rates

Student population: traditional undergraduates

Target: at or above peer institution median

This metric is the percentage of first-time, full-time undergraduate students that continue their studies at EMU in the fall semester of their second year. Our formal institutional goal is to meet or exceed the median retention rate of our identified set of 19 peer institutions. Additionally, we monitor the retention rates of key groups of students based on demographic characteristics in order to target support and initiatives that enhance student success.

Graduation rates

Student population: all degree programs

Targets: at or above peer institution median for traditional undergraduates; 80% overall completion rate for degree completion (accelerated) programs and graduate programs.

The graduation rate metrics are calculated differently, depending on the program:

  • For our traditional undergraduate program, we monitor the six-year graduation rate of our incoming first-time, full-time undergraduate cohorts. This metric is the same as the IPEDS graduation rate (150% standard time) for EMU. This metric is the student completion indicator that we have selected for consideration by our institutional accreditor, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on College (SACSCOC). Our formal institutional goal is to meet or exceed the media retention rate of our identified set of 19 peer institutions. Additionally, we monitor the graduation rates of key groups of students based on demographic characteristics in order to target support and initiatives that enhance degree completion.
  •  For our undergraduate degree completion (accelerated) programs and graduate programs, we monitor graduation rates across time horizons longer than 150% of “standard time.” EMU prioritizes overall degree completion as our preferred metric, and works within a framework that is less concerned with “timely” completion. This approach acknowledges that many students pursue their studies part-time and are balancing a wide variety of personal considerations as they work toward completion. As such, our graduation rates for these programs are evaluated across a 6-year or 9-year horizon depending on whether program students are predominantly part-time. Limitations of external data available for benchmarking preclude establishing peer-based goals. As such, our goal is to maintain an overall, aggregate graduate and accelerated program graduation rate of 80% or higher. This target represents a balanced understanding of both the focused intention common among graduate students (which might result in higher completion rates) and the realities that adult students in our programs face in balancing the competing priorities life often presents (many of our graduate students are working while studying part-time).
  • Detailed outcomes for Eastern Mennonite Seminary are posted on the Seminary Outcomes page.

Job placement rates 

Student Population: traditional undergraduates

Target: at or above national employment rates for bachelor’s degree holders aged 20-24 years

The job placement rate is captured each year for the graduates of the traditional undergraduate programs via survey and targeted outreach. Our goal for job-placement for job-seeking undergraduates (those not seeking further education, opting for service or volunteer options, etc.) is to remain at or above national employment rates for persons aged 20-24 and holding a bachelor’s degree.

Licensure and professional exam outcomes

Student Population: undergraduate programs that lead to licensure

Targets: established targets are program-specific:

  • Nursing: NCLEX nursing licensure exam pass rate (traditional undergraduate nursing students) greater than 80%, which is required by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) and the Virginia Board of Nursing (see additional program outcome data)
  • Teacher Education: 100% of teacher education program completers pass PRAXIS licensure exam (see additional CAEP program reporting measures)

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