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Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure: Student Achievement Goals and Outcomes

The Clayton State University mission guides the institution's work to promote learning and student success and emphasizes an educational environment of experience-based learning that prepares students for our diverse society.

The strategic priorities included in the University's Strategic Plan define student achievement performance measures (outcomes) related to retention and graduation rates. In addition, the University has identified student achievement measures to include: retention rates of first-time, full-time freshmen; graduation rates; course pass rates; pass rates for licensure examinations; graduation data, and five benchmark areas (level of academic challenge, active and collaborative learning, student-faculty interaction, enriching educational experiences, and supportive campus environment) from the National Survey of Student Engagement.

IPEDS Data Feedback Reports

The following Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) data feedback reports from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) summarizes selected institutional data and compares with peer institutions that were identified by Clayton State University as peers in 2017.

2017 IPEDS Data Feedback Report
2018 IPEDS Data Feedback Report
2019 IPEDS Data Feedback Report
2020 IPEDS Data Feedback Report

Retention and Graduation

Retention Rates

Outcome 1: Increase first-time, full-time freshman cohort one-year retention rate to 75%

The table below provides the One Year Retention Rates for First-time Full-time Freshman Cohorts from Fall 2015 – Fall 2019. Data is taken from the USG By the Numbers Data Center.

Table 1: One-Year Retention Rates for First-Time Full Time Freshman Cohort, Fall 2015 - Fall2019

Cohort CSU One-Year Retention Rate USG Retention Rate for State Universities
Fall 2015 71.3% 70.6%
Fall 2016 67.8% 71.0%
Fall 2017 70.8% 69.1%
Fall 2018 71.0% 69.7%
Fall 2019 69.0% 71.5%

Retention and Graduation Rates of Fall First-Time Full-Time Freshmen Students, Fall 2007 - Fall 2017

Retention Rate is the percentage of all the First-time Full-time Freshman who are either enrolled or graduated from Clayton State University in the following Fall semester.

Graduation Rates

Outcome 2a: Increase National Student Clearing House (NSC) total overall 6-year completion rate for first-time full-time freshmen to 51%.

The tables below provide the NSC Total 6-Year Completion Rates for the Fall 2010 – Fall 2014 Cohorts of First-time Full-time Freshmen.

Table 2: Clayton State University – Bachelor's Seeking Model - First-time Full-time Freshmen – 6-Year Rates

Cohort Started at CSU and
Graduated from CSU
Started at CSU and
Graduated from Another Institution
Overall Completion Rate
Fall 2010 34% 15% 49%
Fall 2011 31% 13% 44%
Fall 2012 32% 15% 47%
Fall 2013 32% 16% 48%
Fall 2014 31% 14% 45%

Outcome 2b: Increase the NSC total overall 6-year completion rate of full-time transfer students to 70%.

The table below provides the NSC Total 6-Year Completion Rates for the Fall 2010 - Fall 2012 cohorts of full-time transfer students who started a bachelor's degree at CSU.

Table 3: Clayton State University – Bachelor's Seeking Model – Full-time Transfer – 6 Year Rates

Cohort Started at CSU and
Graduated from CSU
Started at CSU and
Graduated from Another Institution
Overall Completion Rate
Fall 2010 54% 14% 68%
Fall 2011 53% 13% 66%
Fall 2012 55% 11% 66%
Fall 2013 51% 16% 67%
Fall 2014 57% 11% 68%

Outcome 2c: Increase IPEDS overall 6 year graduation rates to 32%

The table below provides the Overall 6-Year Graduation rates from the Fall 2011 – Fall 2013 Freshman Cohorts. Data is taken from the IPEDS and includes national comparitor peers. Names of peers institutions are available upon request.

Table 4: Overall 6-Year Graduation rates, Fall 2011-Fall 2013

  Fall 2011 Fall 2012 Fall 2013
  6 Year Graduation Rate 6 Year Graduation Rate 6 Year Graduation Rate
Clayton State University 30% 31% 30%
Peer Institutions Overall Rate 33% 34% 35%
Peer Institution 1 13% 19% 17%
Peer Institution 2 18% 23% 21%
Peer Institution 3 20% 25% 21%
Peer Institution 4 28% 30% 33%
Peer Institution 5 28% 34% 35%
Peer Institution 6 29% 32% 38%
Peer Institution 7 31% 33% 31%
Peer Institution 8 33% 35% 34%
Peer Institution 9 33% 35% 39%
Peer Institution 10 35% 32% 36%
Peer Institution 11 37% 40% 42%
Peer Institution 12 42% 37% 36%
Peer Institution 13 42% 39% 38%
Peer Institution 14 43% 41% 40%
Peer Institution 15 44% 40% 41%

* Fall 2014 Cohort data, not yet available

Outcome 2d: Increase 6-year graduation rate for First-time Full-time Freshman to 40%

The table below provides the 6-Year Graduation rates from the Fall 2013 Freshman Cohorts along with the mean 6-year graduation rates from peer data within the USG State Universities for comparison purposes. Data is taken from the USG By The Numbers Data Center.

Table 5: Six Year Graduation Rates Data for Fall 2013 Cohort

Institution Fall 2013 Cohort Fall 2014 Cohort
Mean of Comparitor Schools 44.4% 41.1%
Clayton State University 31% 30.8%
Totals 43.6% 54.5%

Course Pass Rates

Outcome: Increase the pass rates by course prefix to 80% or higher.

Pass rates by course prefix include an analysis the percentage of final grades in a course that were C or higher, including Satisfactory. This attainment level is chosen since a majority of required courses at Clayton State University require a C or better in order to progress to the next course.


Table 6: Percentage of passing grades (A,B,C,S)  at each threshold by Course Prefix

  70%-79% 80% - 89% 90% - 99% 100% Overall at or above 70%
Fall 2018 21% 52% 16% 8% 97%
Spring 2019 20% 48% 18% 10% 95%
Fall 2019 25% 44% 23% 7% 98%
Spring 2020* 16% 44% 32% 5% 97%

*COVID-19 caused a shift to remote instruction for all students mid-way through the Spring 2020 semester.

Pass Rates for Licensure Examinations

Nursing-NCLEX Examination

Outcome: Bachelor of Science in Nursing students will pass the NCLEX exam with at least a 90% pass rate.

Table 7: National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) Pass Rates for CSU Nursing Students, 2006 - 2021*

NCLEX RESULTS Number Taking NCLEX* Number Passed on First Attempt Clayton State Percentage Pass Rate on First Attempt

2006 - 2007

70 57 81%

2007 - 2008

82 73 89%

2008 - 2009

80 75 94%

2009 - 2010

70 65 93%

2010 - 2011

95 91 96%

2011 - 2012

88 87 99%

2012 - 2013

100 97 97%

2013 - 2014

95 85 89%

2014 - 2015

99 77 78%

2015 - 2016

78 68 87%

2016 - 2017

90 83 92%

2017 - 2018

92 82 89%

2018 - 2019

85 78 92%

2019 - 2020^

176 153 87%

2020 - 2021

105 88 84%

Totals

1405 1259 89%

*Includes first time takers and repeaters

^The department increased the number of graduates during this period.

Dental Hygiene-JCNDE Examination

Outcome: Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene students will pass the JCNDE and CRDTS Examinations with at least a 90% pass rate.

The table below indicates the pass rates for the Clayton State Dental Hygiene students who took the national and regional examinations administered by the Joint Commission on National Dental Examinations and the Central Regional Dental Testing Service.

Table 8: Dental Hygiene National Board Examination (JCDNE) and Central Regional Dental Testing Service (CRDTS) Examination Pass Rates for CSU Dental Hygiene Students, 2014-2019

Testing Year 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
National Board Examination (Written exam) 95% 100% 100% 88% 96% 100%
Central Regional Dental Testing Service Examination
(Clinical exam) [1st & 2nd attempts]
100% 100% 96% 100% 100% 100%

Teacher Education - GACE Examination

Outcome: Students in all teacher education programs will pass the GACE Examination with at least an 80% pass rate.

Table 9: Georgia Assessments for the Certification of Educators (GACE) Pass Rates of Clayton State University School of Education Students, 2014-2019

School of Education 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 2019-2020

Number tested

37 41 31 33 18 14

Number passed

37 41 31 31 17 14

Percent passing

100% 100% 100% 94% 94% 100%

The pass rates by individual concentration, which have the same levels of achievement and thresholds of acceptability, are found in the table below.

Table 10: CSU GACE Pass Rates by Concentration, 2013-2019

School of Education Program Concentration 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20

Middle Levels

Language Arts

71% 92% 100% 71% 86% - 100%
 

Mathematics

100% 100% 100% 100% 91% 100% 100%

Secondary

Science

100% 100% 100% 100% 89% 100% 100%
 

Social Science

100% 90% 71% 75% 67% 100% 100%
 

Biology

- 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
 

English

60% 100% 100% 90% 100% 100% 100%
 

History

100% 100% 75% 94% 100% 89% 89%
 

Mathematics

100% 100% 67% 83% 100% 75% 75%

PK-12

Music

100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% No Candidate

 

Graduation Data

Outcome: 50% or more of the graduates of Clayton State University will be employed or pursuing additional degrees at the time of graduation

Table 11: CSU Post Graduation Status

Reported Status Spring 2015 Spring 2016 Spring 2017 Spring 2018 Spring 2019

Employed or Seeking Additional Degree

52.6% 65.9% 66.2% 63.9% 68.7%

Seeking employment

32.7% 30.5% 30.0% 29.9% 25.8%

Other (U.S. Military, volunteer or service program, etc.)

  3.5%   0.6% 0.8%

Not seeking employment

    3.8% 1.3% 1.4%

*Spring 2020 Data is not available. Data collection for this outcome is tied to commencement activities which were restricted in Spring 2020 due to COVID-19.

National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) Data

Outcome: Results from the National Survey of Student Engagement will show that Clayton State University is at or above the level of our peers in the five benchmark areas.

Charts 1 – 6 below contain the question comparison data for the lowest and highest performing benchmark items for each period of the past administrations of NSSE. Clayton State University has set both the acceptable level or achievement and the threshold of acceptability to be at or above the same level as our peers. Progress toward each of these measures is reviewed when the data is released by NSSE each spring.

Chart 1: NSSE Question Comparison Data 2013 (Lowest and Highest Performing Benchmark Items)

Chart 2: NSSE Question Comparison Data 2014 (Lowest and Highest Performing Benchmark Items)

Chart 3: NSSE Question Comparison Data 2016 (Lowest and Highest Performing Benchmark Items)

Chart 4: NSSE Question Comparison Data 2017 (Lowest and Highest Performing Benchmark Items)

Chart 5: NSSE Question Comparison Data 2019 (Lowest and Highest Performing Benchmark Items)

Chart 6: NSSE Question Comparison Data 2020 (Lowest and Highest Performing Benchmark Items)