Student Achievement

Within the institution’s core value, 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
2015 1205 1182 2387
2016 1250 1241 2491
2017 1317 1323 2640

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 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019
Fall-to-Fall Freshman to Sophomore Retention 62.8 74.0 72.0 76.2 75.7 76.4 74.1 76.2 75.0 78.9

 

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 made steady progress 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. For disaggregated retention data including diversity of students, visit www.andersonuniversity.edu/colleges-schools/student-diversity-and-outcomes.

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%
2015-2016 450 447 99%
2016-2017 450 448 99%
2017-2018 532 528 99%

Research in student engagement and success indicates that 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 2012 2013 2014
4-year Graduation Rate 41% 43% 36% 45% 43% 47% 52% 55% 63% TBD
6-year Graduation Rate 47% 48% 41% 51% 48% 53% 57% 57% 65% TBD
Academic Years 2008-2009 2009-2010 2010-2011 2011-2012 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Undergrad Degrees 322 293 317 360 367 425 466 441 541 590
Graduate Degrees 11 39 70 65 96 119 141 147 161 211
Total Degrees 333 332 387 425 463 544 607 588 702 801

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 show we have exceeded that goal.

The data in Table D shows the University has experienced notable increases in all but one of the last five years in the number of both undergraduate and graduate degrees earned each year. For disaggregated graduation rates including diversity of graduates, visit www.andersonuniversity.edu/colleges-schools/student-diversity-and-outcomes.

TABLE E
First Destination Survey Data (undergraduate)

Graduating Class* # Graduates Employed Graduate School Total No Data Percent at work/school
2008-2009 322 104 48 152 170 47.2
2009-2010 293 131 78 209 84 71.3
2010-2011 317 122 70 192 125 60.5
2011-2012 360 195 50 245 115 68.0
2012-2013 367 137 44 174 193 47.4
2013-2014 466 233 54 287 198 61.5
2014-2015 437 280 79 359 59 82.2
2015-2016 503 349 75 424 76 84.3
2016-2017 573 441 73 514 77 89.7

*First-year out data for combined August, December, and May graduates per academic year Data for 2017-2018 is not considered complete at this time.

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 the 2014-2015 academic year.

TABLE F
Placement Data by College/School/Program

College of Christian Studies
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2013-2014 BA CHRISTIAN MINISTRY 2 3 3 8 8 16 50
2014-2015     4 6 6 9 7 16 56
2014-2015     7 10 6 20 0 20 100
2016-2017     5 6 5 11 2 13 85
2017-2018     4 6 2 10 3 13 77
2013-2014 BA CHRISTIAN THEOLOGY 5 4 3 12 1 13 92
2014-2015     3 3 0 6 0 6 100
2015-2016     3 2 0 4 0 4 100
2016-2017     4 2 1 5 0 5 100
2017-2018     3 6 3 12 1 13 92
2015-2016 BSC CHRISTIAN STUDIES (adult) 1 0 0 0 1 2 50
2016-2017     0 2 0 0 1 3 67
2017-2018     2 2 2 4 3 7 57
College of Education
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2013-2014 BS EDUCATION 1 35 0 36 32 68 53
2014-2015     2 81 0 83 10 93 89
2015-2016     0 77 3 80 5 85 94
2016-2017     1 69 3 73 1 74 99
2017-2018     1 70 1 72 4 76 95
2013-2014 BA EDUCATION 0 6 0 6 1 7 86
2014-2015     0 8 0 8 3 11 73
2015-2016     0 5 0 5 1 6 83
2016-2017     0 11 1 12 0 12 100
2017-2018     2 13 0 15 1 16 94
School of Interior Design
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2013-2014 BA INTERIOR DESIGN 0 11 1 12 0 12 100
2014-2015     0 8 0 8 1 9 88
2015-2016     0 7 0 7 3 10 70
2016-2017     0 6 0 6 3 9 67
2017-2018     0 8 0 8 2 10 80
College of Business
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2013-2014 BS BUSINESS 11 22 4 37 24 61 60
2014-2015     11 37 2 50 7 66 76
2015-2016     11 42 2 55 14 67 82
2016-2017     4 42 3 49 14 62 79
2017-2018     14 44 0 58 25 79 73
2013-2014 BOL ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERSHIP 0 1 0 1 14 15 7
2014-2015     0 0 0 0 2 2 0
2015-2016     0 0 0 0 10 10 0
2016-2017     0 0 0 0 7 7 0
2017-2018     0 4 1 5 2 7 71
2013-2014 BBA BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION 1 21 0 22 7 29 76
2014-2015     0 0 0 0 1 1 0
2015-2016     0 12 2 14 7 21 67
2016-2017     0 11 0 11 14 25 44
2017-2018     0 0 0 0 19 19 0
South Carolina School of the Arts
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2013-2014 BA ART 1 16 1 18 11 29 62
2014-2015     1 15 1 17 2 19 89
2015-2016     1 18 4 23 6 29 79
2016-2017     0 25 3 28 1 29 97
2017-2018     1 26 3 77 3 33 91
2011-2014 BA, BM, BME MUSIC 5 19 2 26 0 26 100
2014-2015 BA MUSIC 0 1 3 4 0 4 100
2015-2016     1 0 0 1 0 1 100
2016-2017     1 1 0 2 1 3 66.67
2017-2018     1 0 0 1 0 1 100
2015-2016 BM COMMERCIAL MUSIC 0 1 0 1 0 1 100
2016-2017     0 2 0 2 0 2 100
2017-2018     0 3 5 8 0 8 100
2014-2015 BM PERFORMANCE 0 1 0 1 0 1 100
2015-2016     1 1 1 3 0 3 100
2016-2017     1 3 2 6 0 6 100
2017-2018     0 0 1 1 0 1 100
2014-2015 BM WORSHIP LEADERSHIP 0 2 1 3 0 3 100
2015-2016   WORSHIP 0 7 0 7 0 7 100
2016-2017     0 2 0 2 0 2 100
2017-2018     0 5 0 5 0 5 100
2014-2015 BME MUSIC EDUCATION 1 4 0 5 0 5 100
2015-2016     0 2 0 2 0 2 100
2016-2017     0 6 0 6 0 6 100
2017-2018     0 3 0 3 0 3 100
2013-2014 BA THEATRE 1 3 0 4 7 11 36
2014-2015     0 10 2 12 0 12 100
2015-2016     2 7 0 7 0 7 100
2016-2017     0 4 1 5 0 5 100
2017-2018     1 2 3 6 3 9 67
2016-2017 BFA THEATRE 1 1 1 2 0 2 100
2017-2018     0 6 0 6 0 6 100
College of Health Professions
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
School of Nursing
2013-2014 ABSN NURSING 6 22 0 22 0 22 82
2014-2015     6 22 0 22 0 22 82
2015-2016     5 22 0 22 0 22 73
2016-2017     3 24 0 24 0 24 83
2017-2018     0 22 0 22 0 22 100
2015-2016 TBSN NURSING 4 34 1 34 0 35 89
2016-2017     0 31 0 31 0 31 97
2017-2018     3 59 1 59 0 60 98
School of Human Performance
2016-2017 RN to BSN NURSING 0 42 0 42 0 42 100
2017-2018     4 50 0 50 0 50 100
2013-2014 BS KINESIOLOGY 5 11 1 17 1 18 94
2014-2015     14 11 2 27 14 41 66
2015-2016     19 9 4 32 5 37 86
2016-2017     14 11 1 26 10 36 72
2017-2018     24 3 1 28 3 31 90
School of Allied Health
2013-2014 BHS HUMAN SERVICES 0 26 0 26 2 28 93
2014-2015     4 6 1 7 0 7 100
2015-2016     2 23 0 23 9 32 72
2016-2017     4 19 3 22 2 25 88
2017-2018     4 15 3 18 2 23 78
School of Public Service and Administration
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2013-2014 BCJ CRIMINAL JUSTICE 0 15 0 15 13 28 54
2014-2015     UK UK UK UK UK 21 UK
2014-2015     UK UK UK UK UK 16 UK
2016-2017     2 13 3 18 4 22 82
2017-2018     0 10 0 10 4 14 71
2016-2017 BA CRIMINAL JUSTICE 5 13 2 20 3 23 87
2016-2017     2 5 4 11 2 3 85
2014-2015 ESM EMERGENCY SERVICES MGMT 0 5 0 5 0 5 100
2015-2016     0 3 0 3 0 3 100
2016-2017     0 7 0 7 0 7 100
2017-2018     0 7 2 9 1 10 90
College of Arts and Sciences
Year Degree Major Graduate
School
Employed
In Field
Employed
Out of
Field
Total
Placed
Unknown Total Percent
Placed
2016-2017 BS BIOCHEMISTRY 6 1 1 8 0 8 100
2017-2018     6 1 0 7 3 10 70
2013-2014 BS BIOLOGY 6 1 0 7 1 8 88
2014-2015     13 1 0 14 1 15 93
2015-2016     9 2 1 12 2 14 86
2016-2017     5 6 0 11 2 13 85
2017-2018     5 4 0 9 6 15 60
2013-2014 BA COMMUNICATION 1 6 2 9 6 15 60
2014-2015     3 11 1 15 0 15 100
2015-2016     1 17 2 20 1 21 95
2016-2017     2 17 3 22 2 24 92
2017-2018     5 4 0 9 6 15 60
2013-2014 BA COMMUNICATION 1 6 2 9 6 15 60
2014-2015     3 11 1 15 0 15 100
2015-2016     1 17 2 20 1 21 95
2016-2017     2 17 3 22 2 24 92
2017-2018     4 11 1 16 6 22 73
2013-2014 BA ENGLISH 5 4 0 9 3 12 75
2014-2015     5 4 4 13 3 16 81
2015-2016     4 4 2 10 4 14 71
2016-2017     4 2 3 9 2 11 82
2017-2018     1 1 1 3 1 4 75
2012-2014 BA HISTORY 3 7 0 10 4 14 71
2014-2015     4 3 0 0 0 7 100
2015-2016     1 2 1 4 2 7 66
2016-2017     1 1 1 3 1 4 75
2017-2018     0 0 0 0 2 2 0
2013-2014 BA HUMANITIES & LAW 1 0 0 1 0 1 100
2014-2015     0 1 0 1 0 1 100
2015-2016     0 2 0 2 1 3 67
2016-2017     1 0 0 1 0 1 100
2017-2018     1 1 0 2 0 2 100
2013-2014 BA LIBERAL STUDIES 1 3 0 4 0 4 100
2014-2015     UK UK UK UK UK 6 UK
2015-2016     UK UK UK UK UK 4 UK
2016-2017     UK UK UK UK UK 4 UK
2017-2018     UK UK UK UK UK 4 UK
2013-2014 BA MATHEMATICS 0 0 0 0 2 2 0
2014-2015     1 5 1 7 2 9 78
2015-2016     0 7 1 8 1 9 89
2016-2017     1 3 0 4 4 8 50
2017-2018     1 UK UK UK UK 5 20
2011-2014 BA/BS PSYCHOLOGY 11 7 3 21 24 43 49
2014-2015     7 7 2 16 6 22 73
2015-2016     3 2 1 6 4 10 60
2016-2017     9 10 2 21 1 22 95
2017-2018     3 2 3 8 4 12 67
2013-2014 BA SPANISH 1 0 1 2 1 2 50
2014-2015     0 2 0 2 0 2 100

Colleges and schools disaggregated data on placement for the last five years is provided in Table F. For programs with small enrollments, placement data may be aggregated over a 2- or 3-year cycle. Data comes from the annual Dean’s report submitted to the Provost’s office at the end of each academic year. The Deans gather this information from their students through a variety of methods including: Senior exit interviews; Senior capstone courses; Senior surveys; Incidental student updates from social media sources such as Facebook, Linked-in, and Instagram; and Incidental personal contact with students.

TABLE G
Type of Employment Placement By College

Data for the type of employment held after completing a degree is based on responses from the First Destination Survey.

2017-2018
College/School Part-time Employment Full-time Employment
College of Arts & Sciences 1 8
College of Business 1 22
College of Christian Studies 0 3
College of Education 3 32
College of Health Professions 1 24
School of Interior Design 0 3
School of Public Service and Administration 1 3
South Carolina School of the Arts 3 10

TABLE H
Types of Graduate School Placement

Students who graduated from Anderson University four-year degree programs were accepted into the following types of graduate programs from 2012 to 2018.

Institution Graduate Program
Adler University Counseling
American University Psychology
Appalachian State University Speech-Language Pathology; Biology
Assumption College Rehabilitation Counseling
Auburn University Animal Science
Baylor University School Psychology
Clemson University Healthcare Genetics; Counselor Education; Applied Health and Research Evaluation
Columbia International University Counseling; Biblical Exposition
Creighton University Dentistry
Denver Seminary Counseling
Duke University Environmental Science; Divinity
Furman University Community-Engaged Medicine
Fuller Theological Seminary Clinical Psychology
Gateway Baptist Theological Seminary Divinity
Grace Seminary Pastoral Counseling
High Point University Physician Assistant; Communication
Johns Hopkins University Health Science
Liberty University Law; Divinity
Lincoln-Memorial University Business Administration; Physician Assistant
Marquette University Mental Health Counseling
Medical College of Georgia Physician Assistant
Medical University of South Carolina Medicine, Dentistry
Midwestern University Clinical Psychology
Pace University Mental Health Counseling
Palo Alto University Psychology
Presbyterian College Pharmacy
Reformed Theological Seminary Divinity
Regent University Psychology and Counseling
Spalding University Clinical Psychology
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Divinity; Marriage, Family, and Individual Counseling
University of Buffalo Industrial Engineering; Psychology
University of Colorado Spanish
University of Florida Pharmacy; Dentistry
University of Georgia Pharmacy
University of Illinois Veterinary Science
Indiana University Law School
University of Missouri, Kansas City Education Administration; Social Work
University of South Carolina Social Work; Pharmacy; Sport Management; Law
University of South Florida Pharmacy
University of Southern Mississippi Marine Science
University of Tennessee Veterinary Medicine
University of Texas, Dallas Speech-Language Pathology
Wingate University Pharmacy
Winthrop University Social Work

Data comes from the annual Dean’s report submitted to the Provost’s office at the end of each academic year. This data is collected from exit interviews, surveys of graduating seniors and alumni, social media posts (such as Facebook and Linked-in), and email messages and incidental contact from students and graduates.