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Virginia Tech Student Achievement Measures

Virginia Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).  In June 2014, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees approved a policy statement on “Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure.”  The policy requires that an institution accredited by SACSCOC publish “statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.” 

Virginia Tech has a strong history of evaluating the achievement of its students in relation to its mission.  The university monitors achievement of students through the Institutional Performance Standards developed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, and through the university’s long range plan scorecard.

 

Institutional Performance Standards

While the university monitors first-year retention rates and graduation rates (Table 1), no specific university-level targets have been set for those rates.  Instead, the university has developed targets for degree awards at each student level (Table 2) as established in the Institutional Performance Standards.  Retention and graduation rates are critically important in developing these targets.  In concurrence with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the university considers a threshold of 95% of the target to be acceptable performance.  

Table 1.  First-year retention rates and six-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time, first-year, baccalaureate degree seeking students

First-Year Retention Rates

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates

Cohort Year

Number of Students in Cohort

Percentage of Students from Cohort Retained after One Year

 

Cohort Year

Number of Students in Cohort

Percentage of Students from Cohort Graduated within Six Years

2011

5157

93%

 

2006

5030

83%

2012

5413

91%

 

2007

5059

83%

2013

5298

93%

 

2008

5397

83%

2014 5403 94%   2009 4994 83%
2015 6261 93%   2010 5136 84%
2016 5864 93%   2011 5157 84%

 

Table 2. Degree targets for 2016-17 and actual degree awards

  Total In-State
  Target Threshold Actual Target Threshold Actual
Associate Degrees 45 43 49 44 42 46
Baccalaureate Degrees 5995 5695 5952 4426 4205 4468
Master's Degrees 1520 1444 1514 822 781 201
Doctoral Degrees 465 442 516 197 187 803
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine 120 114 119 80 76 75

 

In addition, the university has established targets for the production of associate and baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health (STEM-H) fields:

2016-17 Target:                                                2011

Acceptable Performance Threshold:        1910

2016-17 Actual degree production:          2196

 

Long Range Plan Scorecard

The university also assesses the extent of student achievement through the long range plan scorecard (commonly called the university scorecard). Many of the metrics reflect the extent to which students take advantage of or successfully complete various experiences that enhance learning within and outside of the classroom (Table 3).

 

 

2016-17

Target

2016-17

Actual

Target Achievement

Number of graduating undergraduates who participated in at least one research experience

4277

4037

94%

Number of graduating undergraduates who have participated in a study abroad experience or foreign language course and

3289

2472

75%

Number of graduating undergraduates who have participated in experiential learning

10522

11560

110%

Contact Us

Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (MC 0433)

North End 460, Suite 301
460 Turner Street NW
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061

Tel: (540) 231-6994
Fax: (540) 231-7219

For data requests, send an e-mail outlining your request to the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (irinfo@vt.edu). Your message will be directed to the staff member responsible for those data.