Measuring Student Success

How do we measure student success?
At Anderson University, we look at lots of factors: how many students are on the dean's list, how many students participate in extracurricular activities, how many students take advantage of our free tutoring services, and much more. There are lots of factors that contribute to "student success."

The broader academic community looks at student success in two primary ways: retention from freshman to sophomore year and graduation rates over six years.

Retention from freshman to sophomore year is important because it helps us measure how "plugged in" students are during their freshman year. We know that a student is more likely to stay and complete his or her education the longer they are at a school. One of the strategies we use for freshman to sophomore year retention is our First-Year Experience program.

Graduation rates over six years are also used as a measure of student success. It's important to note that LOTS of students finish in four years.  We look at six-year rates because we know that some students will need to take a semester or two off, some will change their majors, and some will just take longer to finish. We want to measure who persists to completion. So we look at a group of first-year students (a cohort) and we track how many of them graduate within six years.

Freshman-Sophomore Retention*

  Freshman-to-Sophomore Retention
2016-2017 Freshman 69%
2015-2016 Freshman 77%
2014-2015 Freshman 73.23%

Six-Year Graduation Rates*

  Six-Year Completion Rate               
2007-2008 Freshmen 57%
2008-2009 Freshmen 63%

Placement (Employment & Graduate School) Rates**

Class of 2016 Placement Rate                 
Full-Time Employment 81.2%
Total Placement 97.5%

*IPEDS data
**Data Source: Center for Career and Calling