SACS Student Achievement

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT: GOALS & DATA

Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana (SUSLA) engages in ongoing assessment of student access and success, which aligns with mission-critical and strategic initiatives. The activities engaged in encompass a variety of measures that not only focus on program achievement, but on student achievement as well. Appropriately, consideration is given to enrollment, retention rates, graduation rates, licensing examination results, and job placement rates. The university reviews retention and graduation rates of all of its programs; however, licensing examination results and job placement in the review process have only been applicable to those programs requiring external review, such as programs in allied health and nursing. Nevertheless, all of the university’s activities are developed within the context of its mission statement.

The assessment and evaluation of student achievement is central to SUSLA’s success in addressing its mission, goals, and objectives, and the evaluation of programs’ content and quality of education. The strategic goals that drive activities for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals are as follows:

  • Increase opportunities for student access and success
  • Ensure quality and accountability

Each of these goals are supported with objectives and strategic initiatives to ensure success of students and are addressed in the Institutional Effectiveness Planning (IEP) and Reporting (IER) forms of each instructional and non-instructional unit. The achievement of students enrolled at SUSLA was also addressed in the institution’s response to SACSCOC Federal Requirement 4.1, which requires that “institutions evaluate success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission.” SUSLA remains compliant with this requirement.

Specific use of enrollment, retention rates, graduation rates, licensing examination results, and job placement rates not only indicates student achievement, but also indicates that Southern University at Shreveport Louisiana fulfills a significant part of its mission. Each of these indicators are illustrated below as suggestions of student achievement.

Enrollment Data

The data were published in the IPEDS Fall Enrollment Survey from the Fall 2009 to Fall 2014.

Term Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 Fall 2014 6 Year Avearage
Enrollment 3014 2834 2831 2937 3018 2952 2931

Retention Rates

Retention rates refer to the percentage of first-time, full-time degree/certificate-seeking students who were enrolled in the fall semester and returned the following fall semester. The data depicted in table were reported in IPEDS.

Term Fall 2008 to
Fall 2009
Fall 2009 to
Fall 2010
Fall 2010 to
Fall 2011
Fall 2011 to
Fall 2012
Fall 2012 to
Fall 2013
Fall 2013 to
Fall 2014
6 year Average
First-time, Full-time Cohort Retention Rate 54% 45% 48% 51% 43% 45% 48%

Graduation Rates

The data were published in IPEDS Graduation Survey.

Term Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013 6 Year Average
Cohort year Fall 2005 Fall 2006 Fall 2007 Fall 2008 Fall 2009 Fall 2010 6 Year Average
Fall revised cohort (total) 436 304 210 264 395 329 323
Completers <= 150% of time 36 42 27 34 47 51 40
Graduation Rate 8% 14% 13% 13% 12% 16% 12%
Completers <= 200% of time 46 48 35 50 81 51 52
Graduation Rate 11% 16% 17% 19% 21% 16% 17%

Licensure/Certification Exams Rates

The data were reported to the Louisiana State Board of Regents.

Discipline Reporting Year Passage Rate   Reporting Year Passage Rate
Clinical Laboratory Sciences/Medical Laboratory 2013 64%   2014 Not Reported
Dental Hygiene 2013 100%   2014 100%
EMTB 2013 100%   2014 100%
Health Information Technology 2013 75%   2014 73%
Radiologic Technology 2013 100%   2014 94%
Respiratory Therapy 2013 57%   2014 100%
Surgical Technology 2013 33%   2014 100%
Nursing 2013 87%   2014 74%
Phlebotomy 2013 87%   2014 100%

Job Placement Rates

Data reflects Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program completers employed within 12 months after graduation. Top employment disciplines were Nursing, Allied Health-related disciplines, Accounting/Business Management, and Criminal Justice.

Year Total Number of Graduates Employment Placement
2013-2014 AY 227 N = 137 (60%)