An evaluation of KSU’s mission statement reveals that student success is a key element of the University’s mission.  As stated in this mission statement, “the University strives continually to enhance student success, improve institutional quality, and respond to public demand for higher education.”  Further evidence of the University’s focus on student success is Strategy One in KSU’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan.  Through this strategy, KSU will improve its “retention, progression, and graduation rates through initiatives targeted at the distinct challenges faced by students at each stage of their education.”

To that end, KSU has set criteria for undergraduate student achievement in key areas, such as retention rate, the number of bachelor's degrees conferred, graduation rate, and scores on licensure exams.  

Criterion for Student Achievement: First-Year Undergraduate Retention Rate

The University annually monitors first-year retention rate of undergraduate first-time, full-time degree-seeking students as a measure of the success of its undergraduate programs.  The data below are for post-consolidated KSU.

Minimal Threshold for Achieving Student Success: 77%

For the Fall 2016 cohort, the range of first-year undergraduate retention rates for KSU's SACSCOC peer institutions was 69%-80%, and the average was 76.4%.

  • Cohort Semester
    Retention Semester
    Cohort Size
    Performance
  • Fall 2017
    Fall 2018
    TBD
    TBD
  • Fall 2016
    Fall 2017
    4,887
    80.1%
  • Fall 2015
    Fall 2016
    4,887
    80.1%

 Source: USG By the Numbers

 

Criterion for Student Achievement: Number of Bachelor's Degrees Conferred

The University annually monitors the number of bachelor's degrees conferred as a success of its undergraduate programs.   The data below are for post-consolidated KSU.

Minimal Threshold for Achieving Student Success: 4,687

  • Fiscal Year
    Number of Bachelor's Degrees Conferred
  •  2017
    4,775
  •  2016
    4,687

Source: USG By the Numbers

 

Criterion for Student Achievement: Six-Year Baccalaureate Graduation Rate

The University annually monitors its six-year baccalaureate graduation rates of first-time full-time degree-seeking students as a measure of success of its undergraduate program.  The data below are for pre- and post-consolidated KSU.

Minimal Threshold for Achieving Student Success: 40%

For the Fall 2011 cohort, the range for six-year baccalaureate graduation rate was 37%-59%, and the average was 47.3%.

  • Cohort Semester
    Graduation Year
    Cohort Size
    Performance
  • Fall 2011
    2016-17
    3,458
    41.8%
  • Fall 2010
    2015-16
    3,442
    41.8%
  • Fall 2009
    2014-15
    3,243
    40.8%
  • Fall 2008
    2013-14
    3,213
    41.8%
  • Fall 2007
    2012-13
    2,851
    42.5%

 Source: USG By the Numbers

 

Licensure Examination Success

Bagwell College of Education

Criterion for Achieving Student Sucess: Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Pass Rate

GACE is Georgia’s state-approved educator certification assessment program.  These computer-delivered assessments have been developed by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (GaPSC) and Educational Testing Service (ETS).  The purpose of the GACE assessments is to help the GaPSC ensure that candidates have the knowledge and skills needed to perform the job of an educator in Georgia’s public schools.  The data below are for pre- and post-consolidated KSU.

Minimal Threshold for Achieving Student Success: 95% Pass Rate

  • Year
    Assessment Area
    Number Taking
    Number Passing
    Pass Rate (%)
  • 2016-17
    Curriculum & Instruction
    23
    23
    100
  • 2016-17
    Educational Leadership
    50
    48
    96
  • 2016-17
    Instructional Technology
    207
    203
    98
  • 2016-17
    Teacher Leadership Portfolio
    26
    9
    35
  • 2015-16
    Curriculum & Instruction
    10
    10
    100
  • 2015-16
    Educational Leadership
    40
    40
    100
  • 2015-16
    Instructional Technology
    181
    178
    98
  • 2015-16
    Teacher Leadership Portfolio
    6
    0
    0
  • 2014-15
    Educational Leadership
    21
    19
    90
  • 2014-15
    Instructional Technology
    54
    53
    98
  • 2014-15
    Teacher Leadership Portfolio
    6
    2
    33

 Source: KSU's CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

 

College of Architecture and Construction Management

Criterion for Achieving Student Sucess: Architecture Registration Examination (ARE)1,2 Pass Rate

The ARE is a multi-division exam used to assess knowledge and skills regarding the practice of architecture.  It is accepted by all U.S. jurisdictions and is a key step on the path to earning a license.  The ARE is designed to assess aspects of architectural practice that affect the integrity, soundness, and health impact of a building.  The exam also assesses an architect’s responsibilities within firms, such as managing projects and coordinating the work of other professionals.  The data below are for pre- and post-consolidated KSU.

Minimal Threshold for Achieving Student Success:  +/- 10% deviation from the ARE national pass rates on the Architecture Registration Exam.

  • Year of Exam Date

    Building Design & Construction Systems

    Building Systems
    Construction Documents & Services
    Programming, Planning & Practice
    Schematic Design
    Site Planning & Design
    Structural Systems
  • 2017
    78%; 50% (62%)
    64% (59%)
    41%; 60% (52%)
    47%; 29% (52%)
     85% (81%)
    56%; 60% (65%)
    69%; 100% (41%)
  • 2016
    48% (64%)
    57%; 100% (64%)
    39%; 56% (54%)
    44%; 67% (56%)
    74; 50% (78%)
    52%; 60% (65%)
    52%; 100% (35%)
  • 2015
    52%; 100% (64%)
    65% (67%)
     42% (58%)
    48%; 50% (60%)
    75% (77%)
    54% (66%)
    84% (66%)
  • 2014
     70% (64%)
    59% (68%)
    51% (62%)
     53% (62%)
    77%; 100% (77%)
    61%; 100% (69%)
     59% (68%)

Key: Results listed in former SPSU;KSU% and (National Pass Rate %)

Source: National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB)

 

WellStar College of Health and Human Services

Criterion for Achieving Student Success: Nursing Undergraduate National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rate

The NCLEX is administered through the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN) with the intention of developing psychometrically sound and legally defensible nurse licensure and certification examinations consistent with current practice.   The data below are for pre- and post-consolidated KSU.

Minimal Threshold for Achieving Student Success: 92% First-Time Pass Rate

  • Year
    Number Passing
    Pass Rate (%)
  • 2017
    177
    96.72
  • 2016
    177
    95.16
  • 2015
    208
    94.23
  • 2014
    215
    94.42
  • 2013
    187
    94.65

Source: National Council of State Boards of Nursing (NCSBN)

 

Footnotes
  1. The ARE exam can be attempted after 400 experiential hours post-graduation. Students taking the exam in 2012 are typically 2009 graduates. Students sitting in 2013 are 2010 graduates, and 2014 exam takers are 2011 graduates.
  2. This data set only includes students who took the ARE exam in Georgia; individual states have individual tests.

 

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