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Retention Rate

Definition: The number and percentage of full time first time degree seeking freshmen who enroll during one fall term and return the next fall term

Goal: Increase the freshman retention rate to at least 75% by fall 2018.

Benchmark: 61%

First-Time Freshman Retention Rate

Fall 2008

Fall 2009

Fall 2010

Fall 2011

Fall 2012

Fall 2013

Fall 2014

Fall 2015

Fall 2016

A.   No. of new Full-Time first- time freshmen

1,286

1,202

1,249

1,232

1,241

1,137

906

765

1,024

Percentage

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

100%

B.  No. of students returning year two

867

891

885

806

806

694

659

565

X

Percentage

67%

74%

71%

65%

65%

61%

73%

74%

X

Student Progression Rates

Definition: Student retention rate is defined as the number and percentage of full time first time degree seeking freshmen who enroll during one fall term and return the next fall term.

Target: Increase to the percentage of upper level enrolled undergraduate students 48% of total enrolled undergraduate students.

Benchmark: 36.1%

As an extension of the first year retention rate, the overall progression of full-time first-time degree seeking freshmen is also measured and tracked for five years by cohort to determine the number and percentage of students who return each year as an indicator of extent to which students are likely to progress to the upper level of enrollment and degree completion.

Retention and Progression Rates (Full-Time/First-Time Students) by Cohort 2008-2016

Graduation Rate and Time-to-Degree

Definition: The graduation rate is calculated by following a cohort of first time full time degree seeking freshmen and determining the number of students in the cohort who fulfill degree requirements after four, five, and six years as a percentage of the total number of students in the freshman cohort. 

Average time to degree is calculated as an average of the total amount of time that students in the cohort spend to fulfill degree requirements within a six-year period. 

Goal: Increase the six year graduation rate to at least 55% by fall 2017.

Benchmark: 43%

Licensure Examination Annual Pass Rates

Definition: This student achievement measure is vital to monitoring the progress of VSU to increase the number of education graduates who satisfy the requirements for teacher licensure.

Goal: Improve teacher education programs and student preparation to increase annual pass rates on both teacher education licensure examinations to at least 85%

Benchmark: 80%

Teacher Education Licensure Examinations Annual Pass Rates

Virginia Approved Education Program

 

VCLA

 

PRAXIS II

 

VRA or RVE

Comp

Passed

Pass Rate

Comp

Passed

Pass Rate

Comp

Passed

Pass Rate

Elementary Education PreK-6

34

32

97%

34

32

97%

34

32

97%

Special Education General Curriculum K-12

25

20

80%

25

20

80%

Legend: VCLA - Virginia Communication and Literacy Assessment

                  VRA - Virginia Reading Assessment for Elementary and Special Education Teachers

                  RVE - Reading for Virginia Educators: Elementary and Special Education

NOTE:   (a) No licensure assessment is required for counselor education and central office personnel.

               (b) Pass rates are not calculated for education programs with fewer than 10 completers.

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