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Student Achievement

In its Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that institutions publish "statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals." Federal Requirement 4.1 (Student Achievement) requires institutions to disclose such information during the Fifth-Year Interim Report and the decennial reaffirmation of accreditation. The University's most recent compliance certification from the Fifth-Year Interim Report, including examples of continuous improvement, may be found here.

The disclosure below is intended to satisfy SACSCOC policy requirements in between routine compliance certifications. This information is updated during the fall term of academic year. (Current information updated during the 2015-16 academic year.) Disclosures for previous years may be found at the following links: 2014-15.

Prospective students may find the information resources of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) of use in planning for college and careers. SCHEV has created an institutional profile for each Virginia public college and university, and for each independent college or university participating in the Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant Program. The University’s profile may be viewed on the SCHEV website. (The University cautions that the wage data provided by SCHEV only include those alumni employed or attending graduate school in the Commonwealth of Virginia. It does not include a sizable population of University alumni employed or attending graduate school outside the Commonwealth of Virginia.)


Retention Rates
The University monitors first-year and average undergraduate retention rates as a measure of the success of its undergraduate program. Since 2000, the University has maintained a first-year retention rate of 96 percent or greater. In addition, the University establishes thresholds and targets for average undergraduate retention rate. For 2014-15, institutional performance is noted below.

Threshold: 91.0%
Target: 93.0%
Actual: 97.1%


Graduation Rates
The University monitors undergraduate graduation rates as a measure of success of its undergraduate program. Since 2000, the University has maintained a four-year graduation rate of greater than 82 percent and a six-year graduation rate of greater than 91 percent. In addition, the University establishes thresholds and targets for graduation rates, by financial aid status. For students entering in 2009, institutional performance is noted below.

Category
Threshold
Target
Actual
Four-Year Graduation Rate: Pell Grants
73.8%
87.0%
81.6%
Four-Year Graduation Rate: Other Need-Based Aid
80.0%
87.0%
87.1%
Four-Year Graduation Rate: No Need-Based Aid
84.8%
87.0%
89.8%
Six-Year Graduation Rate: Pell Grants
82.5%
94.0%
86.9%
Six-Year Graduation Rate: Other Need-Based Aid
86.5%
94.0%
93.1%
Six-Year Graduation Rate: No Need-Based Aid
91.0%
94.0%
94.3%



Licensing and Certification Examinations

Professional schools and programs track scores and pass rates on licensure and certification examinations, where applicable, as a measure of succcess of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs.

McIntire School of Commerce -- CPA Exam (2014)
Threshold: 80%
Actual: 84.6%

Curry School of Education -- Praxis II Exams (2015)
Threshold: State minimum average scores
Actual: Average scores on subject components ranged from 10% to 28% above state minimums

School of Engineering and Applied Science -- Fundamentals of Engineering Exam (2014)
Threshold: 85%
Actual: 85%

School of Law -- Virginia Bar Exam and New York Bar Exam (2013)
Threshold: 80.0%
Actual-VA: 93.6%
Actual-NY: 93.1%

School of Medicine -- U.S. Medical Licensing Exam (2015)
Threshold: 90%
Actual: 98%

School of Nursing -- National Council on Licensure Exam-NCLEX (2014)
Threshold: 80% (Virginia Board of Nursing)
Threshold: 95% (U.Va.)
Actual-Baccalaureate: 92.9%
Actual-Master's: 100%