Student Achievement and Institutional Performance Indicators

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

Annual Student Retention Rates

The annual retention rate is defined as the percentage of degree-seeking students enrolled in a fall term who were still enrolled in the following fall term. Annual retention rates are calculated for both first time at Hodges and all enrolled students. The retention rates for the bachelor’s students are provided below. The target set by Hodges University varies based on the cohort, with 40% for first time at Hodges and 60% for 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
First Term at Hodges
Bachelor’s 55% 52% 55% 55% 45% 50% 40% 45%
All Enrolled Students
Bachelor’s 65% 63% 65% 69% 61% 63% 68% 63%
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Fall-to-Winter Persistence Rates in Student Achievement

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 both first time at Hodges and all enrolled students.

Below are the term-to-term persistence rates for all degree-seeking students; the true freshmen (first time in college); and the veteran students, with each cohort reaching or exceeding Hodges University’s 50% target for the first time at Hodges and 70% target for the all enrolled students. 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 COHORT FALL 2012 -WINTER 2013 FALL 2013 -WINTER 2014 FALL 2014 -WINTER 2015 FALL 2015 -WINTER 2016 FALL 2016 -WINTER 2017 FALL 2017 -WINTER 2018 FALL 2018 -WINTER 2019 FALL 2019 -WINTER 2020 FALL 2020 -WINTER 2021
Degree-Seeking Students 70% 71% 75% 70% 67% 71% 58% 60% 74%
True Freshmen 71% 74% 77% 61% 66% 72% 53% 51% 70%
ALL ENROLLED STUDENTS COHORT FALL 2012 -WINTER 2013 FALL 2013 -WINTER 2014 FALL 2014 -WINTER 2015 FALL 2015 -WINTER 2016 FALL 2016 -WINTER 2017 FALL 2017 -WINTER 2018 FALL 2018 -WINTER 2019 FALL 2019 -WINTER 2020 FALL 2020 -WINTER 2021
Degree-Seeking Students 70% 71% 75% 70% 67% 71% 58% 60% 74%
Veteran Students 73% 78% 72% 83% 78% 79% 84% 72% 84%
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Job Placement Rates

External statistics are used to validate internal employment statistics. The data source used 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 consistently ranking in the top five for average annual earnings for baccalaureate graduates employed between 2011 and 2019. Hodges University’s target for students reported by FETPIP who have earned a bachelor’s degree and who are employed is 65%.

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

Degree Productivity in Student Achievement

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 as reported to the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). 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. Although Hodges has experienced lower enrollment numbers in recent years, the table shows consistent success in degree productivity, with 29 degrees awarded per 100 FTE in 2019-2020, exceeding the current target of 25 degrees per 100 FTE.

YEAR FTE ENROLLMENT DEGREES AWARDED DEGREE PRODUCTIVITY(DEGREES PER 100 FTE)
2009 – 2010 2274 576 25
2010 – 2011 2486 610 25
2011 – 2012 2390 646 27
2012 – 2013 2176 598 27
2013 – 2014 1913 559 29
2014 – 2015 1778 500 28
2015 – 2016 1473 439 30
2016 – 2017 1461 441 30
2017 – 2018 1115 406 36
2018 – 2019 1015 385 38
2019 – 2020 876 256 29

Graduation Rates

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

The cohort used to calculate the IPEDS graduation rates does not accurately represent Hodges students, who are primarily adults who work and support a family; and therefore, they often attend part-time and already have some college credit. In fall 2020, the average age of Hodges’ students was 33 and 34% of degree-seeking students attended part time.

Therefore, in order to provide substantiating data, Hodges calculates internal graduation rates at 150 percent of the typical graduation time for undergraduate students in the fall enrollment cohort who are attending Hodges for the first time. The graduation rates at 150 percent for the first time at Hodges undergraduate, degree-seeking students are provided below. (This represents the combined true freshmen and transfer-in cohorts.) In addition, the graduation rates at 150 percent are shown for just the transfer-in cohort, which represents 70% of our first time at Hodges cohort. For contrast, the IPEDS overall undergraduate graduation rates are provided to show the full-time, true freshmen cohort as officially reported.

Based on baseline trend data from fall 2007 to fall 2014, Hodges University’s target for internal graduation rates at 150 percent of normal time to completion is 30%.

INTERNAL GRADUATION RATES AT 150%

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014
First Time at Hodges Cohort 40% 44% 30% 30% 30% 31% 27% 33%
Transfer-in Cohort 51% 54% 36% 35% 35% 38% 33% 42%

IPEDS OVERALL RATES AT 150%

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014
Overall IPEDS Graduation Rates 30% 29% 30% 25% 27% 22% 26% 28%

IPEDS Outcome Measure in Student Achievement

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 (with the most recent in 2020-2021 for the 2012 cohort), the baseline trend analysis shows that, with the inclusion of the transfer-in and part-time students, which more accurately captures working adults returning to school, the overall 8-year award rate falls within our established target of 30%.

IPEDS OUTCOME MEASURE (8-YEAR AWARD RATE)

Undergraduate Degree-Seeking Students 2007 Cohort 2008 Cohort 2009 Cohort 2010 Cohort 2011 Cohort 2012 Cohort
Full-time, First-time Entering 30% 29% 29% 23% 26% 26%
Part-time, First-time Entering 35% 22% 24% 34% 35% 27%
Full-time, Non-First-time Entering 56% 59% 44% 42% 42% 38%
Part-time, Non-First-time Entering 44% 35% 29% 31% 24% 32%
Overall Outcome Measure Rate 45.9% 45.6% 35.6% 32.5% 31.8% 30.8%

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