Student Achievement at
Southern Adventist University

Student achievement at Southern Adventist University is measured by multiple measures including graduation rates, job placements, student performance on licensure exams, student performance on national standardized achievement tests and course-completion rates. Below are institutional student achievement goals and reports of the success of students in attaining those goals

Student Achievement Goal 1: Achieve a 6-year graduation rate of 65%

Table 1 below presents the graduation rates for first-time full-time undergraduates for freshman cohorts from 2003 to 2008 which corresponds to graduation years from 2009 to 2014. While these data include only students who start and finish at one institution, this measure is commonly used across the country to measure graduation rates. If students who transfer from Southern to another institution and graduate there or transfer to Southern and graduate here were included in the data; the graduation numbers would be significantly higher.

Table 1: Six-Year graduation rates

2009

(2003 cohort)

2010

(2004 cohort)

2011

(2005 cohort)

2012

(2006 cohort)

2013

(2007 cohort)

2014

(2008 cohort)

Goal

55%

50%

55%

56%

60%

N/A

65%

According to the ACT organization graduation rates for similar private colleges = 50.6%;

The Council of Independent Colleges reports graduation rates for independent colleges = 65%

 

Student Achievement Goal 2: Enable 85% of Southern Adventist University graduates to obtain discipline-related employment or admission to graduate school within one year of graduation.

Table 2 displays the success of graduates in finding either discipline-related employment or entry into a graduate program within one year of graduation. Intentionally excluded are graduates who enter into a long-term volunteer position and those the institution was not able to contact. While these data generally exceed the chosen goal, efforts to reach higher percentages of graduates have recently been intensified.

Table 2: Attainment of Discipline-related employment by graduates

 

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

Goal

BA/BS*

82.5%

85%

N/A

N/A

95.9%

 

85%

AA/AS*

99%

100%

N/A

N/A

*excludes unkonws, post-graduate volunteer workers

 

Student Achievement Goal 3: Enable Southern Adventist University (Southern) students to achieve passage rates on external professional licensing examinations that exceed national and state rates. 

Table 3 reports both the number of nursing graduates who took the NCLEX licensing exam as well as the pass rates for both Southern Adventist University students compared to the passage rates nationally. It is noteworthy that the Southern Adventist University pass rates exceed the national rates in each reported year.

Table 4 reports on the success of elementary education majors on the required Praxis II tests. Both the Southern Adventist University and State of Tennessee pass rates are very high with Southern being rates being slightly higher than those in the State as a whole.

 Table 3: NCLX-RN Pass Rates for Nursing Majors 2008 - 2014

Testing Year

Number Tested

Southern Pass %

National Pass %

2008

96

99.0%

85.5%

2009

108

96.3%

85.5%

2010

85

100%

84.7%

2011

107

88.8%

87.9%

2012

119

93.3%

90.3%

2013

132

88.6%

83.0%

2014

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

 

Table 4: PRAXIS II Exam Results, 2011-2014

Elementary Education Curriculum and Instruction

 

Testing Year

Number Tested

Southern Pass Rate

State Pass Rate

 

2011-2012

13

100%

99%

 

2012-2013

13

100%

99%

 

2013-2014

26

100%

99%

 

Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6

 

Testing Year

Number Tested

Southern Pass Rate

State Pass Rate

 

2011-2012

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

2012-2013

11

100%

99%

 

2013-2014

26

100%

99%

 

Elementary Education Content Knowledge

 

Testing Year

Number Tested

Southern Pass Rate

State Pass Rate

 

2011-2012

13

100%

100%

 

2012-2013

13

100%

100%

 

2013-2014

26

100%

100%

 

Reading Across Curriculum Elementary

 

Testing Year

Number Tested

Southern Pass Rate

State Pass Rate

 

2011-2012

13

100%

100%

 

2012-2013

13

100%

100%

 

2013-2014

22

100%

100% 

 

Student Achievement Goal 4: Promote high academic achievement levels by students as evidenced by the ETS Proficiency Profile Test.

Members of the senior class annually demonstrate their competence on core competencies through their performances on the nationally normed Educational Testing Service (ETS) Proficiency Profile (PPT) test. The test covers mathematics skills, writing skills and reading/critical thinking skills. Results show three categories of attainment: proficient, marginal, and not proficient. The goal of the institution is to increase the percentage of students in the proficient category at level 3 (highest) of each skill area. Table 5 gives the distribution of percentages for each category for the three skill areas. The fourth column in each category records the national norms for the period 2008 to 2013 (most recent available). Level 3 performance for the institution exceeds the national norms for the proficient and marginal categories, while non-proficiency is below national norms for the period under review.

Table 5: Student achievement on core competencies as measured on ETS MAPP Test

 

Proficient

Marginal

Not Proficient

 

Percentages

Percentages

Percentages

 

2012

2013

2014

2008-2013 Norm

2012

2013

2014

2008-2013 Norm

2012

2013

2014

2008-2013 Norm

Critical Thinking

19

8

9

8

19

28

26

21

56

65

65

71

Reading Level 2

56

50

46

42

56

25

24

20

30

24

30

38

Reading Level 1

79

83

78

71

79

11

12

17

7

6

11

13

Writing Level 3

12

20

16

10

31

34

33

28

57

47

52

62

Writing Level 2

29

35

27

23

37

40

47

37

34

25

26

40

Writing Level 1

72

79

78

67

21

18

17

24

7

3

4

9

Math Level 3

14

11

13

10

22

22

19

19

65

67

69

72

Math Level 2

41

39

39

34

34

32

29

26

25

29

32

41

Math Level 1

78

71

70

60

12

15

15

23

10

13

15

17

 

Student Achievement Goal 5: Promote high academic achievement as indicated by course completion rates near 97%.

Course completion rates are a measure of student engagement in the classes and are consistently high as can be seen in Table 6.

Table 6: Course completion rates for enrolled students

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Goal

93%

94%

97%

96%

94%

94%

97%