• Students on campus at Hodges University in Southwest Florida.
  • Achievement by the Numbers

    Student success in achieving personal or professional objectives is the foremost mission of Hodges University. The university measures student achievement and institutional performance in several ways, including student job/employment placement rates, degree productivity, student retention and persistence, graduation rates, and student debt level.

  • Student Achievement and Institutional Performance Indicators

    The annual retention rate is defined as the percentage of undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolled in a fall term who were still enrolled in the following fall term. Annual retention rates are calculated separately for first time Hodges students and all enrolled students. The retention rates for the bachelor's, true freshmen and veteran's cohorts are provided below.

    CohortFall 2012 - Fall 2013 Fall 2013 - Fall 2014Fall 2014 - Fall 2015Fall 2015 - Fall 2016Fall 2016 - Fall 2017
    First Term at Hodges
    Bachelor 55% 52%55%55% 45%
    True Freshmen41%39% 45%36% 36%
    Veterans 50% 43% 55% 61% 48%
    All Enrolled Students      
    Bachelor65% 63% 65% 69% 61%
    Veterans63% 62% 60% 66% 61%

    Students often report that their first term in college is often the most difficult, especially those who are returning to school after an extended absence, who work full time, and who are supporting families. Hodges University reaches out to students with services designed to help them be successful – especially during that first critical term.

    The Term Persistence Rate is defined as the percentage of degree-seeking students enrolled in a fall term who were still enrolled in the following winter term. Term persistence rates are calculated separately for first time at Hodges students and all enrolled students.

    The data provided below show the term-to-term persistence rates for the undergraduate, true freshman and veteran student cohorts, with the cohorts reaching or exceeding Hodges University’s 60% target. The data show that a large majority of students succeed in their first term and re-enroll at Hodges University for their second term in college.

    FIRST TIME AT HODGES COHORTS Fall 2012 -Winter 2013 Fall 2013 -Winter 2014 Fall 2014 -Winter 2015 Fall 2015 -Winter 2016 Fall 2016 -Winter 2017 Fall 2017 -Winter 2018
    Undergraduate Degree-Seeking 70% 71% 75% 69% 66% 70%
    True Freshmen (first time in college) 71% 74% 77% 61% 66% 72%
    Veteran Students - - - 80% 68% 56%


    ALL ENROLLED STUDENT COHORTS Fall 2012-Winter 2013 Fall 2013 -Winter 2014 Fall 2014 -Winter 2015 Fall 2015 -Winter 2016 Fall 2016 -Winter 2017 Fall 2017 -Winter 2018
    Undergraduate Degree-Seeking 75% 76% 75% 77% 74% 75%
    Veteran Students 73% 78% 72% 83% 78% 79%

    Hodges University measures career outcomes of its students in accordance with the national standards provided by the National Association of College and Employers (NACE). NACE developed standards and protocols to help colleges assess the value and effectiveness of higher education as it relates to preparing the next generation workforce. These standards and protocols allow colleges to measure outcomes in order to improve higher education performance and achieve institutional and academic program accreditation standards. NACE defines the Career Outcomes Rate as the percentage of graduates who fall into the following categories: employed full time, employed part time, participating in a program of voluntary service, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or enrolled in a program of continuing education.

    Hodges University’s 2016-2017 Career Outcomes Rate is 93%. Review the Office of Career Services Infographic and Annual Report for more information.

    Top Industries:

    1. Health/Medical
    2. Corporate/Business
    3. Government
    4. Non-Profit/Social Services
    5. Education

    External statistics are used to validate internal employment statistics. The data source is the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP), which collects data on the Independent Colleges & Universities of Florida (ICUF) institutions. In the most recent published data, Hodges University ranks very high in comparison with its ICUF peers, with Hodges students ranking first or second in most years for percent of baccalaureate graduates employed between 2007 and 2016. The current target of the percent of Hodges University students who have earned a bachelor’s degree and are employed is 70%.

    YearPercent of Bachelor’s
    Graduates Employed
    HU's Rank among
    ICUF Peers
    2008 78.3% 1
    2009 73.1% 1
    2010 72.6% 5
    2011 74.2% 1
    2012 72% 1
    2013 75% 2
    201579% 1
    201668.3% 4

    Because of the difficulties with graduation rate comparisons across diverse institutions, one valid accountability measure Hodges University uses to demonstrate student achievement is degree productivity. Degree productivity is an expression of the total number of degrees awarded in an academic year as a percentage of full-time equivalent (FTE) enrollment. Therefore, degree productivity is a reflection of student achievement overall, rather than for a small segment of a university’s student body, and provides a valid measure of achievement across multiple institutions. The most recent years of available data show an increase, with 30 degrees awarded per 100 FTE in 2016-2017, exceeding the current target of 25 degrees per 100 FTE. 

    YearFTE Enrollment Degrees Awarded Degrees per 100 FTE
    2009-20102,274 576 25
    2010-20112,580592 23
    2011-20122,390 641 27
    2012-2013 2,176 598 27
    2013-2014 1,913 559 29
    2014-2015 1,778 500 28
    2015-2016 1,473 439 30
    2016-2017 1,461 441 30

    Graduation rates are published by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the federal government. These rates represent the percentage of full-time students enrolled for the first time in college who graduate within 150% of the time expected to complete a degree.

    The cohorts used to calculate the IPEDS graduation rates do not accurately represent Hodges students, who are primarily adults who work and support a family; and therefore, usually attend part-time and already have some college credit. In Fall 2017, the average age of Hodges’ students was 33 and 53% of degree-seeking students attended part time.

    Hodges calculates graduation rates at 100 percent and 150 percent of the typical graduation time for students in the fall enrollment cohort. The graduation rates at 150 percent for the undergraduate, degree-seeking cohorts for first time at Hodges students, true freshmen (first time in college), first time at Hodges transfer students and first time at Hodges veteran students are provided below.


    Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Cohorts Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011
    First Time at Hodges Students 40% 44% 30% 30% 30%
    True Freshmen (first time in college) 20% 25% 22% 18% 20%
    First Time at Hodges Transfer Students 51% 54% 36% 35% 35%
    First Time at Hodges Veteran Students 57% 32% 40% 32% 47%
    Official IPEDS Fall Enrollment Rates 30% 29% 30% 25% 27%

    Transfer-out rates are published by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the federal government. These rates represent the percentage of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who have not completed a program or graduated but have subsequently enrolled in any program of an eligible institution for which Hodges University provided substantial preparation.

    Cohort Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011
    Transfer-out Rate 27% 29% 9% 30% 19%
    Total number of student in the Adjusted Cohort 140 167 239 179 133
    Total number of transfers-out within 150% of normal time 38 48 21 54 25
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