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Student Achievement

Tarleton State University identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission, the nature of the students it serves, and the kinds of programs offered. The institution uses multiple measures to document student success as described below.

Key Student Completion Indicator

Tarleton State University uses the National Student Clearinghouse 6-yr graduation rate as the Key Student Completion Indicator (KSCI). This measure was chosen to include both first-time freshman who graduate at the university and those who transfer out and graduate.

Fall Cohort 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
(target)
2014
(target)
Total 54.15% 55.99% 59.84% 59.77% 62.60%
(60%)

(63%)
Source: National Student Clearinghouse

Underrepresented Completions

Tarleton uses the 60x30TX completion measure for underrepresented populations to track certificate, associate, bachelor's, and master's completions. Percentages are of the total completions. Students can be in multiple populations.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
(target)
2020
(target)
Total 2,577 2,880 3,023 3,112  3201  
African
American
6.9% 7.3% 7.1% 8.3% 9%
(10%)

(10%)
Hispanic 12.6% 14.7% 16.9% 17.8% 17.7%
(19%)

(19%)
Economically
Disadvantaged
45.7% 46.9% 47.5% 46.7% 45.5%
(48%)

(47%)
Male 37.6% 38.1% 38.2% 38.2% 37.6%
(39%)

(39%)

Source: 60x30TX

 

Additionally, Tarleton uses the self-reported first generation percent of baccalaureate graduates whose parents did not graduate from college.

Year 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
(target)
2020
(target)
First
Generation
40.8%  39.4% 41.2%  41.0% 42.8%
(42%)

(44%)

Source: Legislative Budget Board - Note: This percent does not include unreported.

FTIC Retention Rates

Tarleton uses a number of measures for retention, which can be found on the Institutional Research and Reporting website. The first-year and second-year rates are listed below.

Fall Cohort 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017
(target)
2018
(target)
2019
(target)
First-year
Retention
68.8% 66.2% 70.6% 67.1% 69.2% 65.3%
(70%)

(67%)
Second-year
Retention
59.3% 56.9% 57.9% 54.4% 57.9%
(56%)

(59%)
 
Source: Institutional Research and Reporting Retention Matrix

Transfer Rates

Tarleton measures transfer student success through persistence and 4-year & 6-year graduation rates.

Transfer Cohort 2011 2012 2013
(target)
2014 2015
(target)
2016 2017 2018
(target)
First-Year Persistence 72.7% 74.3% 77.9% 75.9% 75.1% 76.0% 76.5%
(77%)
Fourth-Year Graduation 61.4% 64.3% 68.2% 65.4%
(68%)
     
Sixth-year Graduation 65.4% 68.1%
(70%)
         
Source: TAMUS EmpowerU

Course Completion Rates

The course completion measure illustrates the rate at which courses are dropped.

Fall Semester 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
(target)
2019
(target)
Course
Completion
95.9% 96.5% 96.2% 96.2% 96.1%
(97%)

(97%)
Source: THECB Accountability Report

Certification & Licensure Rates

Teacher education and nursing passing rates are listed below. These are two of Tarleton's largest licensure and certification programs.

Academic Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020
(target)
Teacher
Education
95% 95% 94% 92% 93% 95%
(100%)
Nursing 84% 91% 80% 77% 85% 84%
(100%)
Source: Legislative Budget Board, Texas Board of Nursing

Job Placement Rates

Students found working or enrolled in Texas within one year after earning a degree or certificate. Note that this measure was revised to match the 60x30TX state strategic plan.

Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
(target)
2019
(target)
Total 85.3% 83.7% 84.6% 85.3% 84.6%
(87%)

(86%)
Source: THECB Accountability Report