Student Achievement and Institutional Performance Indicators

Student success in achieving personal or professional objectives is the foremost mission of Hodges University.

Student achievement is defined at Hodges University as the measurement of success attained through the acquisition of knowledge and skills in accordance with its mission to “prepare students to leverage higher learning in their personal, professional, and civic endeavors.”

To document student success using multiple measures with multiple outcomes within each, Hodges University has established seven student achievement criteria, which fall within three broader categories of academic accomplishment (student retention goals, student workforce goals, and student completion goals).

Student Retention Goals

Fall-To-Winter Persistence Rates

Students often report that their first term in college is the most difficult, especially for 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 critical first term. The fall-to-winter persistence rate is defined as the percentage of degree-seeking students enrolled in a fall term who are still enrolled in the following winter term. The target for this metric is 80%.

Fall 2017 - Winter 2018 76%
Fall 2018 - Winter 2019 76%
Fall 2019 - Winter 2020 65%
Fall 2020 - Winter 2021 76%
Fall 2021 - Winter 2022 75%

Fall-To-Fall Persistence Rates

An extension of the fall-to-winter persistence rate is the fall-to-fall retention rate, which is defined as the percentage of first-time, undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolled in a fall term who are still enrolled in the following fall term. This metric is also collected federally by the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), to allow for peer comparison. The target for this metric is 67% for full-time students and 62% for part-time students.

Fall 2016 - Fall 2017 53% 13%
Fall 2017 - Fall 2018 48% 38%
Fall 2018 - Fall 2019 48% 33%
Fall 2019 - Fall 2020 50% 38%
Fall 2020 - Fall 2021 50% 40%

Student Completion Goals

Course Completion Rates

Course completion is key metric for program completion and graduation. The course completion rate is defined as the percentage of students who earned a passing grade (A, B, C, or Satisfactory) in a course. The target for this metric is 80%.

SCHOOL FALL 2018 FALL 2019 FALL 2020 FALL 2021
Fisher School of Technology (FSOT) 82% 72% 75% 82%
Johnson School of Business (JSOB) 81% 83% 81% 85%
Nichols School of Professional Studies (NSPS) 86% 86% 92% 91%
School of General Studies (SOGS) 77% 83% 85% 87%
School of Health Sciences (SOHS) 90% 91% 92% 96%

National Student Clearinghouse Total 6-Year Completion

The National Student Clearinghouse (NSC) Research Executive Summary on Transfer and Mobility states that “increasingly more students attend multiple institutions, transferring once, twice or even three times before earning a degree.” It also notes how “the results suggest that the linear view of college access and success that focuses on the initial institution attended often fails to address the realities on the ground.”

Thus, to better inform and track student mobility for an institution, the NSC StudentTracker® report provides the total 6-year completion data of an institution’s starting cohort. By providing the counts of those who completed their degree in house along with the counts of those who completed their degree based on the initial contribution provided by the institution, these data show the effect an institution has on assisting their starting cohort in obtaining their degree.

The total 6-year completion rate from the National Student Clearinghouse is defined as the percent of students who started at Hodges University and earned a postsecondary credential at Hodges University or transferred to another institution and earned a postsecondary credential somewhere else. The target for this metric is 74%.

Fall 2010 43.20%
Fall 2011 44.40%
Fall 2012 43.50%
Fall 2013 40.30%
Fall 2014 41.50%
Fall 2015 41.50%

IPEDS Outcome Measure (8-Year Award Rate For Transfer-In, Part-Time Students)

Traditional measures of student success and completion only focus on first-time in college students. However, the inclusion of the transfer-in students more accurately captures working adults returning to school. The outcomes measure rate from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) is defined as the percentage of transfer-in, part-time students (both Pell and non-Pell recipients) who earned an award within 8-years of enrolling at Hodges University. The target for this metric is 46% for Pell recipients and 50% for non-Pell recipients.

Fall 2009 26% 43%
Fall 2010 24% 40%
Fall 2011 22% 43%
Fall 2012 32% 32%
Fall 2013 25% 24%

Student Workforce Goals

Licensure/ Certificate Exam Pass Rate

Hodges University has provided a state-of-the-art health facility for its health and medical science programs. The programs which utilize these facilities are monitored annually by their program accreditors to assess the level of student success. The table below shows the licensure exam pass rate and graduate employment rate for the past three reporting periods for the students in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BS.NUR) and the Associate in Science in Physical Therapist Assistant (AS.PTA) programs. The licensure/certificate exam pass rate is defined as the percent of students who pass the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for Nursing and the National Physical Therapy Examination (NPTE). The target for this metric is 90% for Bachelor of Science in Nursing and 95% for Associate of Science in Physical Therapy Assistant.

2019 100% 88.90%
2020 80.00% 85.70%
2021 57.14% 92.90%

FETPIP Bachelor Degree Employment Rate

Hodges University strives continuously to align its programs to marketable careers and job opportunities for our graduates, as evidenced by mapping our programs to occupational jobs listed on O*NET Online and BLS websites. As part of our effort to assess the employment rates and earnings of our graduates, Hodges uses the data collected by the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program (FETPIP), which collects data from all Independent Colleges and 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 consistently ranking in the top five for average annual earnings for baccalaureate graduates. The bachelor degree employment rate from FETPIP is defined as the percent of graduates employed during the fourth quarter (October to December) in the year after the graduated (note: because the employment rate is only calculated using data from the fourth quarter and only includes graduates employed in the state of Florida, it underestimates the true employment rate of Hodges University graduates). The target for this metric is 80%.

2014-15 79%
2015-16 68%
2016-17 77%
2017-18 70%
2018-19 69%


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