Student Achievement

Within our core value of The Individual, the University states, "Anderson University is a people-focused community where individuals are valued and where all participants seek to honor one another through words, behavior, and a commitment to each person's success."

To this end, the University supports and monitors the progress of its students through several means including attainment of Dean's List, freshman to sophomore retention rate, career preparation experience, 4- and 6-year graduation rates, the number of degrees awarded, and first destination data. Some programs make use of discipline-based nationally normed examinations. Individual colleges or schools maintain the data from these assessments.

TABLE A
Dean's List Data

  Fall Spring Total
2009 568 587 1155
2010 657 663 1320
2011 782 770 1552
2012 863 892 1755
2013 937 935 1872
2014 1079 1047 2126

The data in Table A indicates the number of students who have been recognized for the Dean's List in recent semesters. The number of students performing at or above the required GPA target of 3.5 has increased each of the last five years.

TABLE B
Freshman to Sophomore Retention Rate

Academic year 2008-
2009
2009-
2010
2010-
2011
2011-
2012
2012-
2013
2013-
2014
2014-
2015
2015-
2016
Fall-to-Fall
Freshman to
Sophomore Retention
62.3 62.8 74.0 72.0 76.2 75.7 76.4 74.1

An important initial measure of student success is the number of new full-time freshmen who are retained (continue at AU) into their sophomore year. The University has a current goal of 80% towards which it has been approaching over the last few years. As shown in Table B, there was a notable increase in 2010-11 when Alpha Leaders (AL) were assigned to each section of the Freshman Year Experience (FYE) course. The AL is an upper-class peer who not only assists the faculty or staff member leading the FYE class but also continues in a mentoring role with these new students throughout the freshman year.

TABLE C
Population of Internship Completers

Year Enrolled Grade
C or >
% Success
2010-2011 222 218 98%
2011-2012 252 232 92%
2012-2013 299 293 97%
2013-2014 334 315 94%
2014-2015 314 301 96%

Research in student engagement and success indicates that undergraduate research, internships, clinical experiences, or practicum experiences are recognized as high impact practices (HIP) for students. HIP opportunities provide upper-level students with experience in a real-world setting, a strong component of success after graduation. The data in Table C shows the number of students participating in these experiences over the last four years. Longstanding required internship or clinical courses are mainstays in a variety of academic programs including art-graphic design, business— all concentrations, all undergraduate education degrees, interior design, psychology, communications, Christian ministry, and nursing has recently joined this group with the launch of its program. Several other programs offer but do not require credit for internships including history, biology, kinesiology, theatre, musical theatre, criminal justice, music, art, and Spanish.

TABLE D
Data on Graduation Rate and Degrees Awarded

First-Time Freshman Cohort 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011
4-year Graduation Rate 41% 43% 36% 45% 43% 42% 52%
6-year Graduation Rate 47% 48% 41% 51% 48% TBD TBD
Academic year 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015
Undergrad Degrees 322 293 317 360 367 425 493
Graduate Degrees 11 39 70 65 96 119 136
Total Degrees 333 332 387 425 463 544 629

Using federal definitions, graduation rates are computed only for students who entered the University as new full-time freshmen. Students who transferred out and completed a degree elsewhere and those who transferred in and completed a degree at Anderson are excluded from the data on graduation rates. The University is working towards of a goal of achieving a 6-year graduate rate of 55%.

The data in Table D shows the University has experienced notable increases over the last four years in the number of both undergraduate and graduate degrees earned each year.

TABLE E
First Destination Survey Data

Graduating Class* # Graduates Employed Graduate School Total % No Data
2009 322 104 48 152 47.2 170
2010 293 131 78 209 71.3 84
2011 317 122 70 192 60.5 125
2012 360 195 50 245 68.0 115
2013 367 137 44 174 47.4 193
2014 466 233 54 287 61.5 198
2015 455 293 55 348 76.5 107

* First-year out data for combined May, August and December graduates for each year

Through the combined efforts of the colleges and schools, the Career Center, and the Alumni Office, the University tracks employment and graduate school placement for students at the end of the first year following graduation. The University captures placement data at the point of graduation, and relies upon updates from alumni, which tend to trend upwards in the months following graduation. The current institutional goal is for alumni to achieve employment and graduate school placement rates at or above the level of above 60% within 24 months of graduation, and that target has already been achieved for those graduating in since May 2014. Undergraduate students graduating in 2014-2015, 76.48% were placed within a year of graduation with 12.08% in graduate school and 64.39% finding employment.

Colleges and schools disaggregated data on placement for the last four years is provided in the following table. For programs with small enrollments, placement data may be aggregated over a 2- or 3-year cycle.