Achievement Indicator: Graduates Have "Next Step" Success
Rationale for this indicator as a valid measure of achievement
This achievement indicator is one of two for the ACCESS core theme objective about student ACHIEVEMENT: Students progress in their programs of study and graduates have "next steps" success.
Next-step success reflects the value added by a WSU degree. The measurements include placement and how graduates self-report about the completion of their educational goals. Most students consider beginning a career or getting into a program to further their education as a primary outcome they desire from their years at WSU. Graduate placement rates are an indicator of next-step success.
Acceptable achievement thresholds for metrics assessing this indicator are
For associate degree graduates, more than 80 percent of WSU students will either continue their education or be employed within 3 months of graduation.
For bachelor degree graduates, more than 80 percent of WSU students will either continue on to graduate school, or be employed within 3 months of graduation. Of those applying to graduate school more than two-thirds will be accepted, and for those seeking employment more than two-thirds will be employed in jobs relating to their major.
For master degree graduates, post-graduate acceptance in graduate programs will equal or exceed 90 percent, and for those seeking employment more than 80 percent will be employed in their major field.