Achievement Indicator: Students Earn Degrees
Rationale for this indicator as a valid measure of achievement
This is one of two achievement indicators for the ACCESS core theme about student ACHIEVEMENT. The objective is that students progress in their programs of study. This indicator reflects students earning degrees, while the other is about post graduate success in employment or admission to more advanced educational programs.
The retention and graduation rates, which are normed against the rates at peer institutions, provide evidence that allows WSU to evaluate whether it is more or less successful than peer institutions in retaining students through graduation.
Acceptable achievement thresholds for metrics assessing this indicator are
WSU’s first year retention rate will place it in the upper half of peer institutions
WSU’s six-year graduation rate will place it in the upper half of peer institutions
WSU’s awarded degrees per 100 FTE students will place it in the upper half of in-state peer institutions