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Institutional Research Planning and Assessment

Student Achievement

Statement of Goals for Student Achievement

The University’s mission is to provide to students a high quality educational experience designed for their intellectual and personal growth in the pursuit of meaningful employment and responsible, informed citizenship.

Retention Rates
Retention Rates Goal: Increase retention of first year students
By 2017, UM seeks to raise freshman to sophomore retention to 80 percent.

Graduation Rates
Graduation Rates Goal: Increase graduation rates of first-time, full-time freshmen
By 2017, UM seeks to achieve a six-year graduation rate of 55 percent.

Licensure Pass Rates
Licensure Pass Rates Goal: Increase Social Work, Education and Accounting graduates’ pass rates on their respective assessments.
Social Work – graduates will have an 80 percent pass rate on the State of Alabama bachelor-level licensure examination.

Education – graduates will have an 80 percent pass rate on Praxis II Assessment.

Accounting — graduates will have an 50% pass rate on the CPA examination.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
NSSE data provides a glimpse of UM student engagement. Decades of research studies show student engagement is linked to student learning. UM strives to provide resources and learning opportunities to get students to participate in activities related to student engagement.

Cooperative Institutional Research Program (CIRP) Freshman Survey
The CIRP Freshman Survey is administered to entering freshmen students. CIRP data provides information on a wide range of student characteristics such as plans for employment and interest in extracurricular activities.

UM Senior Survey
Graduating Seniors complete a senior assessment survey. Responses to questions regarding campus organizations, clubs, and groups provide insight into student life.