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.
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.
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 Hodges students and all enrolled students.
The data provided below show increasing term-to-term persistence rates for the bachelor's, true freshmen and veteran's cohorts, with some cohorts reaching or exceeding Hodges University's 80% 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.
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%.
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%.
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 28 degrees awarded per 100 FTE in 2014-2015, exceeding the current target of 25 degrees per 100 FTE.
Graduation rates are published by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) of the federal government. These rates represent the percentage of students enrolled full-time for the first time at any college who graduate within 150% of the time expected to complete a degree.
The group of students used to calculate the IPEDS does not accurately represent Hodges students, who are typically adults who work and support a family. In Fall 2015, the average age of Hodges students was 32, and 33 percent of degree-seeking students attended part-time. Hodges calculates graduation rates at 100 percent and 150 percent of the typical graduation time for all students, going back to their first term of enrollment at Hodges University. The most recent graduation
rates for the bachelor’s first term at Hodges, true freshmen and transfer
student cohorts are provided below. For purposes of comparison, the most recent data from the U.S. Department of Education indicate that the average graduation rate for all U.S. bachelor’s degree seekers was 59%.
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.
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