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

Annual Student Retention Rates

The annual retention rate is defined as the percentage of undergraduate, degree-seeking students enrolled in a fall term who are still enrolled in the following fall term. Annual retention rates are calculated for a number of different cohorts, of which the all enrolled bachelor’s cohort is the largest; and thus, the most representative of Hodges’ student body. Our target for the annual retention rates for the all enrolled bachelor's degree-seeking students is set to 72% with a threshold of acceptability at 58%.

All Enrolled Students Cohort FALL 2012 – 2013 FALL 2013 – 2014 FALL 2014 – 2015 FALL 2015 – 2016 FALL 2016 – 2017 FALL 2017 – 2018 FALL 2018 – 2019 FALL 2019 – 2020 FALL 2020 – 2021
Bachelor's 65% 63% 65% 69% 61% 63% 68% 63% 63%
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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 term 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. Term persistence rates are calculated for a number of different cohorts, of which the all enrolled degree-seeking students are the most representative of Hodges’ student body. In addition, the veterans’ cohort which aligns with Hodges’ commitment as a Military Friendly School, is measured to ensure a high level of support to our service men and women.

The term-to-term persistence rates for the all enrolled degree-seeking students and veterans cohorts confirm that a large majority of students succeed in their first term and re-enroll at Hodges University for their second term in college. Based on the trend data from fall 2012 to fall 2020, the achievement goal for the two cohorts was set to 88% and the threshold of acceptability at 61%.

ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS COHORT FALL 2012 – 2013 FALL 2013 – 2014 FALL 2014 – 2015 FALL 2015 – 2016 FALL 2016 – 2017 FALL 2017 – 2018 FALL 2018 – 2019 FALL 2019 – 2020 FALL 2020 – 2021
Degree-Seeking Students 75% 77% 76% 78% 75% 76% 76% 65% 76%
Veteran Students 73% 78% 72% 83% 78% 79% 84% 72% 84%
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Student Workforce Goals

Job Placement Rates

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 employed between 2011 and 2019.

YEAR NUMBER OF BACHELOR GRADUATES NUMBER EMPLOYED PERCENT OF BACHELOR GRADUATES EMPLOYED AVERAGE ANNUAL EARNINGS FOR BACHELOR GRADUATES HU’S RANK AMONG ICUF PEERS
2011 329 244 74% $37,940 1
2012 295 214 73% $39,092 1
2013 274 205 75% $36,166 1
2014 288 198 69% $38,334 4
2015 257 202 79% $43,179 1
2016 208 142 68% $41,691 4
2017 220 170 77% $47,092 2
2018 177 123 70% $47,176 4
2019 162 112 69% $51,300 4

Based on the 9-year FETPIP job placement trend data for the percentage of bachelor graduates employed, Hodges University set its achievement goal to 83% and its minimal threshold of acceptability at 64%.

To help students reach their career goals, the Student Experience department provides career advice, services, tools and resources, which assist the graduates in their job search and prepare them for employment opportunities.

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 following tables show 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. Even with the disruption of the Covid-19 “Stay at Home” orders and the decrease in patient loads when elective surgeries were temporarily eliminated, the licensure exam pass rates for all cohorts were within the expected level of acceptability of 95% for BS.NUR and 85% for AS.PTA, as reported to their respective program accreditors.

Licensure Exam Pass Rate for BS.NUR and AS.PTA

Academic Program BS Nursing AS Physical Therapist Assistant
Licensure Exam Year/Pass Rate 2019 100% 2019 92.9%
2020 80% 2020 86.7%
2021* 66% 2021** 90%

* The pass rates are not reflective of the number of graduates; once the remaining students take the NCLEX, this number will be revised.

** The rest of the 2021 AS.PTA graduating class will take the NPTE in April 2022 as they just graduated in December 2021.

In addition to licensure exam pass rates, the graduate employment rates for these cohorts are closely monitored to ensure that Hodges continues to “leverage higher learning” in preparing students for the most sought after career fields in the surrounding communities.

Likewise, the employment rates for all graduate cohorts were within the expected level of acceptability of 100% for BS.NUR and 90% for AS.PTA.

Employment Rate for BS.NUR and AS.PTA

Academic Program BS Nursing AS Physical Therapist Assistant
Licensure Exam Year/Pass Rate 2019 100% 2018 100%
2020 100% 2019 100%
2021* 66% 2020 100%

* All students who pass the NCLEX are hired immediately into the clinical setting. Once the scores for the remaining students are received, this number will be revised.

With the increased building space and specialized equipment, the AS.PTA program has expanded to two cohorts, one starting in January and the other in July, each with 25 students.

While in their program of study, the students engage in instruction at off-site clinical/healthcare locations. This prepares the student for their future clinical work, as well as introduces them to potential hiring opportunities.

Student Completion Goals

Internal Graduation Rates at 150%

One of the most commonly accepted measures of performance among postsecondary institutions is graduation rates. The IPEDS overall graduation rate at 150% is based on the percentage of full-time, first-time (true freshmen) undergraduate degree-seeking students who graduate within 150% of the normal time for program completion. Although this measure is intended to be used for peer comparison, it has some limitations. The most significant one is that when the size of this cohort is a very small percentage of an institution's total enrollment, then the achievement of this small group does not adequately represent the institution as a whole. For Hodges University, the full-time, first-time, undergraduate degree-seeking students represent on average 7% of the total enrolled undergraduate students.

The IPEDS true freshmen cohort tends to be comprised of younger students who have recently graduated from high school; whereas, the students at Hodges University are older working adults with families who have transferred to Hodges from other institutions. Therefore, to reflect the greater student population at Hodges University, the IPEDS fall census data is used to compute internal graduation rates at 150% of the normal time for program completion for all transfer-in, undergraduate degree-seeking students.

Based on the 8-year trend data for the fall 2007 to fall 2014 cohorts, Hodges University set its achievement goal for internal graduation rates at 150% for the transfer-in, undergraduate degree-seeking student cohort to 60% and its minimal threshold of acceptability at 26%.

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014
Transfer-in Cohort 51% 54% 36% 35% 35% 38% 33% 42%

As part of an initiative to help students make more informed program choices, Hodges University has partnered with EAB to design a customized transfer portal to offer prospective students transfer credit estimates, recommendations for their best-fit majors, and application support to guide them step by step through the enrollment process.

IPEDS Outcome Measure

To better represent Hodges University, the new IPEDS outcome measure was recently selected as our SACSCOC key completion indicator. Although this measure has only been collected for a few years, the baseline trend analysis corroborates that this outcome, with the inclusion of the transfer-in students, more accurately captures working adults returning to school. Based on the 7-year trend data for the 2007 to 2013 cohorts, Hodges University set its achievement goal for the 8-year outcome measure of the non-first-time, full-time undergraduate degree-seeking cohort to 67% and its minimal threshold of acceptability at 30%.

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students 2007 Cohort 2008 Cohort 2009 Cohort 2010 Cohort 2011 Cohort 2012 Cohort 2013 Cohort
Full-time, Non-First-time Entering 56% 59% 44% 42% 42% 38% 40%

National Student Clearinghouse Total 6-Year Completion

The 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.

Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 Fall 2015
Total students in cohort 634 495 517 454 393 277
Total students retained at end of first year 566 411 440 384 341 255
Totals students who received award at end of six years 274 220 225 183 163 115
Six Year Completion Rate 43.2% 44.4% 43.5% 40.3% 41.5% 41.5%
Average Six-year Completion Rate 42.41%
Graph that shows the NSC student achievment change over 2010 to 2015

Hodges’ mission to “prepare students to leverage higher education” encompasses those who complete their degree in house and those who continue to pursue their degree at another institution. Following the fall 2010 to fall 2015 cohorts with NSC StudentTracker, the average six-year graduation rate is 42.4%. This closely matches Hodges’ average internal graduation rate at 150%; and therefore the achievement goal for our NSC total 6-year completion rate is also set to 60% and the threshold of acceptability at 26%.

As stated in the NSC Research Executive Summary, the highest transfers occur within the first two years for private, non-profit institutions. Therefore, our retention efforts are focused on that crucial time period, and our EAB transfer portal is designed to provide transfer students with the best options to complete their degree at Hodges with maximum transfer credits and minimal time to degree.

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