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 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 2017-18 academic year.) 


Retention Rates

The University monitors first-year and average undergraduate retention rates as a measure of the success of its undergraduate program. Since 1995, the University has maintained afirst-year Fall1-to-Fall2 retention rateof 60% or greater. In addition, the University establishes thresholds and targets for average undergraduate retention rate. This institutional performance indicator is noted below.


Threshold: 60.0%
Target (Fall 2017 Cohort):  65.0%
Actual (Fall 2017 Cohort): 68.1%

Graduation Rates

The University monitorsundergraduate graduation ratesas a measure of success of its undergraduate program. Since 1995, the University has steadily increased its four-, five-, and six-year graduation rate to 35%, 36%, and 44%, respectively (as of IPEDS 2017-2018 reporting cycle).  The target 6-year Graduation rate is 45%.

 

Retention Rates Cumulative Graduation Rates
Cohort Year First Year Retention Second Year Retention % Graduated in 4 years % Graduated in 5 years % Graduated in 6 years
1995 67.1% 45.2% 24.6% 30.1% 31.5%
1996 67.9% 44.2% 28.8% 36.5% 37.1%
1997 60.0% 46.5% 25.8% 32.9% 35.5%
1998 59.8% 36.1% 14.8% 26.2% 26.2%
1999 61.9% 46.8% 23.7% 33.8% 35.9%
2000 71.2% 45.1% 21.0% 31.3% 33.9%
2001 59.6% 45.8% 25.3% 29.1% 33.8%
2002 67.7% 52.4% 28.0% 32.9% 37.3%
2003 65.1% 50.0% 26.8% 33.3% 37.4%
2004 68.4% 51.0% 25.3% 35.3% 40.0%
2005 67.6% 49.0% 22.5% 36.3% 37.7%
2006 64.5% 39.5% 22.0% 31.8% 32.2%
2007 69.4% 47.7% 27.9% 36.0% 38.3%
2008 68.7% 40.8% 21.8% 32.2% 35.1%
2009 68.5% 52.1% 26.5% 37.0% 39.0%
2010 66.5% 50.8% 27.8% 29.0% 41.0%
2011 70.4% 50.5% 36.0% 41.7% 44.0%
2012 61.5% 44.9% 31.3% 36.4%
2013 72.2% 47.4% 34.9%
2014 57.0% 40.5%
2015 69.6% 45.1%
2016 64.5% 48.2%
2017 68.1%

 

Degree Completions

St. Thomas University closely tracks degree completions at various levels: bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral (professional practice/other), and doctoral (research/scholarship). The total number of degrees awarded per active program demonstrates a commitment to student achievement, as reflected in the University goals to support undergraduate and graduate/professional education.

Since 2012, the number of degrees that St. Thomas University awards annually has remained relatively steady at approx. 700 total degrees conferred annually. Graduate degree completions have increased by over 50% during that time. These totals include degrees awarded both to traditional and online students.

 

Undergraduate BA & BS Degrees Conferred

 

Major 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 17 20 24 19 6
Business Administration and Management, General 13 6 2 3 9
Chemistry (B.S. degree) 9 3 1 3 0
Communication and Media Studies, Other 10 13 10 16 4
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 2 2 2 2
Computer Science 2 6 3 2 0
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies 24 18 31 31 29
Economics, General 0 3 1 1 1
Elementary Education and Teaching 7 5 10 10 7
English Language and Literature, General 1 3 2 6 4
Business/Commerce, General 7 7 3 6 3
Fire Services Administration 8 14 10 9 3
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 4 7 5 8
History, General 1 4 0 4 1
Human Services 0 0 2 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 8 6 7 3 6
Mathematics, General 3 2 0 6 1
Organizational Leadership 37 37 38 45 44
Political Science and Government, General 6 6 4 5 11
Physics, General 18 18 14 26 26
Religious Studies 0 3 6 2
Secondary Education 1 0 2 4
Sports Administration 8 16 6 10
Tourism/Hospitality Mgmt. 2 10 2 4
TOTAL 173 188 198 220 188

 

Undergraduate B.B.A. Degrees Conferred

 

Major 2016-17 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13 2011-12
Accounting 4 14 13 9 12
Finance, General 8 6 6 9 5
International Business/Trade/Commerce 8 9 9 7 6
Management 10 19 21 14
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4
Sports Administration 16 5 13 5
Tourism/Hospitality Mgmt. 10 6 8 7
TOTAL 24 65 58 67 49

 

Graduate and Law Degrees Conferred

 

Major 2016-17 2015-16 2014-15 2013-14 2012-13
M.ACC: Accounting 18 26 12 9 11
Communication and Media Studies, Other 11 0 0 3 8
MA: Criminal Justice 9 1
MA: Pastoral Ministries 7 1 4 6
MBA: Business Administration 58 29 56 44 40
MIB: International Business 15 10 20 23 20
MPS/MEM: Executive Mgmt. 23 26 15 23
MS: Educational Administration 0 0 2 2
MS: Sports Administration 9 15 15 19
MS: Management 33 19 30 22
MS: Guidance & Counseling 8 2 3 6 2
MS: Marriage & Family Counseling 3 1 1 3 1
MS: Marriage & Family Therapy 1 5 9 12 7
MS: Mental Health Counseling 9 9 7 6 2
MS: Elementary Education 0 22
MS: Education 14 1 12 3 6
MS: Educational Leadership 104 84 18 18 19
MS: Reading 10
MS: Special Education 46 28 12 24 14
MS: TESOL 11
LLM: Intercultural Human Rights 21 6 24 14
LLM: Environmental Sustainability 0 0 0 4
Ed.D: Educational Leadership 10 14 2 2 4
Ph.D. Practical Theology 5 4 5 1 3
JSD: Intercultural Human Rights 1 2 2 1
M.Div: Divinity 4 2 3 5 6
TOTAL 315 353 229 251 234
JD: Law 174 200 165 210 233
ALL DEGREES CONFERRED 686 806 650 748 704