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 to be measured 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 GOALS for the retention rate of first-time undergraduate students are 1) to exceed the average of KSU's SACSCOC peer institutions and 2) to exceed the institution's previous year's 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: 76%

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
    5,077
    TBD
  • Fall 2016
    Fall 2017
    5,207
    78.3%
  • Fall 2015
    Fall 2016
    4,887
    80.1%

 Source: KSU Office of Institutional Research

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

The GOAL for the number of bachelor's degrees conferred is to exceed the University's previous year's number.

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: 5,044

  • Fiscal Year
    Number of Bachelor's Degrees Conferred
  •  2018
    5,044
  •  2017
    4,770
  •  2016
    4,687

Source: KSU Office of Institutional Research

Criterion for Student Achievement: Six-Year Baccalaureate Graduation Rate

The GOALS for the six-year baccalaureate graduate rates are 1) to exceed the average of KSU's SACSCOC peer institutions and 2) to exceed the institution's previous year's 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: 47%

For the Fall 2011 cohort, the range for six-year baccalaureate graduation rates for KSU's SACSCOC peer institutions was 37%-59%, and the average was 47.3%.

  • Cohort Semester
    Graduation Year
    Cohort Size
    Performance
  • Fall 2012
    2017-18
    3,833
    TBD
  • Fall 2011
    2016-17
    3,458
    41.8%
  • Fall 2010
    2015-16
    3,442
    41.8%
  • Fall 2009
    2014-15
    3,208
    40.8%
  • Fall 2008
    2013-14
    3,165
    41.8%
  • Fall 2007
    2012-13
    2,822
    42.5%

 Source: KSU Office of Institutional Research

Licensure Examination Success

Bagwell College of Education

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

The GOAL for the GACE pass rate is 1) to exceed the specialized accrediting agency pass rate requirement and 2) to exceed the institutional threshold.

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

The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) has an 80% or higher pass rate requirement. This minimum threshold is determined by the faculty in the Bagwell College of Education based on past institutional performance, accreditation requirements, effectiveness, measures, and state averages.

  • Year
    Assessment Area
    Number Taking
    Number Passing
    Pass Rate (%)
  • 2016-17
    Curriculum & Instruction

    Educational Leadership

    Instructional Technology

    Teacher Leadership Portfolio
    23


    50


    207


    26
    23


    48


    203


    9
    100


    96


    98


    35
  • 2015-16
    Curriculum & Instruction

    Educational Leadership

    Instructional Technology

    Teacher Leadership Portfolio
    10


    40


    181


    6
    10


    40


    178


    0
    100


    100


    98


    0
  • 2014-15
    Educational Leadership

    Instructional Technology

    Teacher Leadership Portfolio
    21


    54


    6
    19


    53


    2
    90


    98


    33

 Source: KSU's CAEP Annual Reporting Measures

WellStar College of Health and Human Services

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

The GOAL for the NCLEX pass rate is 1) to exceed the national average and 2) to exceed the institutional threshold.

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

The national average for the NCLEX is 80%.  The Kennesaw State five-year average pass rate is 95.04%.  This minimum threshold is determined by the faculty in the WellStar School of Nursing based on the Kennesaw State and national averages.

  • 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)

 

 

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