Student Achievement

Student Achievement

Southeastern Louisiana University evaluates student achievement with respect to outcomes relevant to its mission, "to lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of southeast Louisiana" (Vision 2017: Southeastern Louisiana University's Strategic Plan). Strategic Priority 1 in the University's Vision 2017 articulates the institutional commitment to student success.

Strategic Priority 1. To engage a diverse population of learners with powerful experiences.

1.1 The University will provide relevant curricula, emphasizing scholarship and an innovative, engaging pedagogy that creates an intellectually stimulating environment.
1.2 The University will expand an aggressive and effective recruiting program that attracts and enrolls highly qualified and diverse students.
1.3 The University will provide programs, services, resources and infrastructure that maximize student success and degree completion.
1.8 The University will offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs and post-degree certificate programs to meet regional needs.

 Measures of student success include the following:

Student Retention and Graduation 

First and second year retention rates are listed in Table 1 below.


Table 1: 1st to 2nd Year Retention Rates

  Baseline  Fall 09-Fall 10  Fall 10-Fall 11 Fall 11-Fall 12 Fall 12-Fall 13  Fall 13-Fall 14 Fall 14 - Fall 15
Southeastern Louisiana University  67.5%  67.0%  68.6%  67.2%  63.1% 62.0% 64.2%


Southeastern has met its target in five of the last six years for the 1st to 3rd year retention rates of first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students (see Table 2 below), exceeding the Fall 2009 baseline rate each year.


Table 2: 1st to 3rd Year Retention Rates

  Baseline  Fall 08-Fall 10 Fall 09-Fall 11 Fall 10-Fall 12 Fall 11-Fall 13 Fall 12 - Fall 14 Fall 14 - Fall 15
Southeastern Louisiana University 51.2% 53.4% 52.5% 56.1% 54.2% 52.4% 51.5%


As indicated in Table 3 below, Southeastern has met its target graduation rate five of the past six years, exceeding the baseline of 28.5% set by the Fall 2002 cohort.             

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Table 3. Graduation Rates

  Baseline Fall 03
Fall 04
Fall 05
Fall 06
Fall 07
Fall 08
Southeastern Louisiana University 28.5% 30.7% 33.4% 33.4% 34.3% 25.8% 37.2%


Southeastern strives to increase the percentage of program completers at all levels each year. A comparison of the total number of completers for all undergraduate and graduate degrees in the last six years shows an increase from the baseline set in 2008-2009 (see Table 4 below).


Table 4. Comparison of ALL Degree Completers with Baseline

 Term of Data Baseline AY 09-10 AY 10-11 AY 11-12 AY 12-13 AY 13-14 AY 14-15
Number of Completers,Total for All degrees 2,226  2,286  2,363 2,335  2,382 2,360 2,297
% Change from baseline    2.7%  6.2%  4.9%  7.0% 6.0% 3.2%


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Performance on Licensing Exams

Several professional programs at Southeastern use state and/or national exams for entry into the major or for licensure after graduation. These tests are also used in many programs as direct measures of successful student learning outcomes. 


The Praxis Tests evaluate the knowledge and skills of teacher candidates. Students must pass the Praxis I Core Academic Skills for Educators, a national examination designed to measure basic academic skills needed for a career in teaching and to obtain full admission status in the teacher education program. Additionally, teacher education majors must pass Content Knowledge Tests in their subject and Principles of Learning & Teaching for their level to complete certification requirements in Louisiana. For the past five years (2010-2011 through 2014-2015) 100% of completers who took the exam met the standards for passage and were granted licensure by the Louisiana Department of Education.


The Nursing program continues to be successful in educating candidates for success in the field as evidenced by passage rates on examinations of the Louisiana State Board of Nursing. The passage rate by Southeastern students taking the NCLEX-RN in 2014-2015 was 90.47% (n=151). The passage rate for students taking the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) exam was both 100%.

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Employer Placement and Employer Satisfaction

Southeastern measures student achievement through the use of job placement rates as available through student surveys, employer surveys and system initiatives.


Southeastern Exit Survey. All graduating students are required to complete the Southeastern Exit Survey during their semester of graduation. In the last two weeks of the semester, they complete the part of the survey regarding employment and graduate studies. The potential participants for the 2014-2015 Exit survey were 2,308 students who graduated from Southeastern in Summer 2014, Fall 2015, and Spring 2015. Of the 2,308 potential participants, 2,295 graduates completed the survey for a response rate of 99%. Thirty-seven point three percent of the Summer 2014, Fall 2015, and Spring 2015 graduates who responded already had a full-time job; 47.8% were looking for a full-time job; 12.2% planned to work part-time; and 2.7% did not plan to work.


Alumni Surveys. Alumni surveys are administered periodically by the Office of Institutional Research (OIR). Both Baccalaureate alumni and Masters alumni are asked to report on various experiences, including satisfaction with their degree program, perceptions of Southeastern, their graduate/professional education, employment, professional activities, and their overall satisfaction with Southeastern. The most recent Alumni Survey report for undergraduate responses (July 2009 Report) indicates that 98% of the respondents reported they were satisfactorily employed, with the majority employed in the area of their Southeastern major or a related major. Eighty percent of those surveyed were continuing or planning to continue their education, with the majority continuing in a program related to their Southeastern major. In addition, 95% of respondents indicated they would recommend Southeastern to a friend or family member considering college. As stated in the most recent report of the graduate survey (May 2012 Report), "Overall, 95% of the respondents are currently, satisfactorily employed. Eighty-eight percent (88%) are employed full-time." Respondents with full-time employment since graduating from Southeastern were asked how effective their graduate education was in preparing them for employment or improving their job performance. Eighty –five percent (85%, n=116) indicated their graduate education was "Very Effective" (49%, n=67) or "Effective" (36%, n=49).

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Survey of Employers. The Office of Institutional Research (OIR) surveys employers every four years regarding the preparedness of Southeastern graduates. The survey addresses skills or knowledge that are important to a graduate's job and attributes employers believe are important when they hire a new employee. The survey also asks general questions concerning the graduate's overall preparedness and the type of organization for which the graduate works. Employers were asked "Overall, compared to other employees, how well prepared for employment was the employee named in the cover letter [the Southeastern graduate]?" In the 2011 Survey, over 77% (n=60) of employers responding indicated the employee was prepared better than most, while 21% (n=17) indicated the employee was prepared about the same as most. All of the employers who answered the question "Would you hire another Southeastern graduate?" (99% of all 2008 respondents, n=133 and 95% of all 2011 respondents, n=78) indicated they would.


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). In addition to the surveys described above, the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) is another means to help Southeastern determine whether its graduates are prepared for the workforce. Question 17e on the NSSE asks students, "To what extent has your experience at this institution contributed to your knowledge, skill, and personal development in the following areas: Acquiring job or work-related knowledge and skills" (1=very little, 2=some, 3=quite a bit, 4=very much). Results of the 2015 NSSE indicate that the mean score of Southeastern seniors for question 17e was 3.09 which was statistically higher than public institutions in the master's Carnegie classification of Master's Large (mean of 2.93).

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