Student Achievement

The mission of Southeastern Louisiana University is to lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of southeast Louisiana. Through its strategic planning process, the University has identified strategic priorities (see Vision 2025) and student achievement goals for accomplishing its mission.

The success of its students is key to accomplishing the University’s mission. To lead the educational, economic, and cultural development of its region, it is important for Southeastern students to be continuously enrolled to complete coursework and earn grades that will allow them to progress towards graduation; graduate; and, when applicable, pass licensing or certification exams required for employment in their chosen fields. Southeastern uses multiple measures for assessing overall student achievement and success.

Undergraduate Progress Towards Graduation: First-time Full-time Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Southeastern uses the six-year IPEDS graduation rate as one of its measures of student achievement. Because the IPEDS graduation rate, which is a federal reporting standard, includes first-time full-time freshmen only, the measures of undergraduate progress towards graduation focus on first-time full-time degree-seeking freshmen. More information about the IPEDS graduation rate is presented following this section on undergraduate progress towards graduation.

Retention Rates: First-time Full-time Degree-Seeking Freshmen

For students to graduate in a timely manner, it is important for them to be continuously enrolled to complete degree requirements. Students who maintain full-time enrollment from their first year to second year and from their first year to third year are more likely to graduate within at least six years. Thus, Southeastern’s goal was to maintain its Fall 2018 first-to-second-year freshmen cohort retention rate of 67.3% (or a 3-year average of 67.3%) through Fall 2019, and increase the rate to 68.5% (or a 3-year average of 68.5%) by 2022-2023, and to 70% (or a 3-year average of 70%) by 2024-2025.

 

Second Year Freshman Cohort Retention Rate  
2014 2013 62.0%  
2015 2014 64.2%  
2016 2015 62.6%  
2017 2016 65.9%  
2018 2017 67.3%  
2019 2018 68.0% Goal Exceeded
2020 2019 72.0% Goal Exceeded

 

In addition, the University expected to maintain its Fall 2018 rate of 55% through 2019 and increase its first-to-third-year freshman cohort retention rate to 56% (or a 3-year average of 56%) by 2022-2023, and 57% (or a 3-year average of 57%) by 2024-2025.

 

Third Year Freshman Cohort Retention Rate  
2015 2013 51.5%  
2016 2014 52.5%  
2017 2015 49.3%  
2018 2016 54.9%  
2019 2017 55.6% Goal Exceeded
2020 2018 57.2% Goal Met

 

Credit Hour Completion and Grade Point Averages: First-time Full-time Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Most undergraduate programs are structured so that full-time students can graduate in four years. The typical baccalaureate degree program at Southeastern requires 120 credit hours. Thus, to graduate in four years, students must typically complete 30 credit hours of required coursework each academic year. In addition, students are required to maintain a grade point average of at least 2.0. However, Southeastern would like to see its students maintain a somewhat higher grade point average each year, indicating greater acquisition of the knowledge and skills needed upon graduation.

Southeastern is working to increase the percentage of freshman cohort students who complete their first academic year with at least 30 credit hours and a grade point average of at least 2.3. The percentage is expected to increase to 50% by 2019-2020, 52% by 2022-2023, and 54% by 2024-2025.

First Year Freshman Cohort Completed 30 Credit Hours with a GPA of at Least 2.3  
2013-2014 2013 39.0%  
2014-2015 2014 38.8%  
2015-2016 2015 37.3%  
2016-2017 2016 44.0%  
2017-2018 2017 47.9%  
2018-2019 2018 49.9%  
2019-2020 2019 55.7% Goal Exceeded

 

The University is also working to increase the percentage of freshman cohort students who complete their second and each subsequent academic year with at least 30 credit hours and a grade point average of at least 2.5.

For the second year, the University expects the percentage to increase to 35% by 2019-2020, 37% by 2022-2023, and 39% by 2024-2025.

Second Year Freshman Cohort Completed an Additional 30 Credit Hours with a GPA of at Least 2.5  
2014-2015 2013 28.6%  
2015-2016 2014 28.2%  
2016-2017 2015 26.1%  
2017-2018 2016 32.8%  
2018-2019 2017 35.8%   
2019-2020 2018 39.1% Goal Exceeded


For the third year, the University expects the percentage to increase to 27% by 2019-2020, 29% by 2022-2023, and 31% by 2024-2025.

Third Year Freshman Cohort Completed an Additional 30 Credit Hours with a GPA of at Least 2.5  
2015-2016 2013 25.2%  
2016-2017 2014 25.2%  
2017-2018 2015 24.4%  
2018-2019 2016 29.7%  
2019-2020 2017 33.2% Goal Exceeded


For the fourth year, the University expects the percentage to increase to 26% by 2019-2020, 29% by 2022-2023, and 31% by 2024-2025.

Fourth Year Freshman Cohort Completed an Additional 30 Credit Hours with a GPA of at Least 2.5  
2016-2017 2013 23.7%  
2017-2018 2014 23.0%  
2018-2019 2015 22.7%  
2019-2020 2016 28.5% Goal Exceeded

 

Decrease Rate of Students on Academic Probation and Academic Suspension: First-time Full-time Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Southeastern has implemented a number of initiatives to help students succeed and lessen the likelihood of their being placed on academic probation or suspension. Data from Southeastern and across the nation indicate that first-time full-time freshmen who successfully complete their first year are more likely to graduate. Thus, the University is working to help students develop strategies to prevent being placed on academic probation at the end of their first semester and on academic suspension at the end of their second semester. The second semester is the first time a student may be suspended for failure to maintain the required grade point average.

Southeastern expects to decrease the percentage of freshman cohort students on academic probation at the end of their first semester to 20% by 2019-2020, 18% by 2022-2023, and 17.5% by 2024-2025.

First Semester Freshman Cohort Percentage on Academic Probation  
Summer/Fall 2013 2013 31.2%  
Summer/Fall 2014 2014 30.1%  
Summer/Fall 2015 2015 28.6%  
Summer/Fall 2016 2016 20.6%  
Summer/Fall 2017 2017 21.6%  
Summer/Fall 2018 2018 18.9%  
Summer/Fall 2019 2019 19.7% Goal Met

 

The University expects to decrease the percentage of freshman cohort students on academic suspension at the end of their second semester to 11% by 2019-2020, 10.5% by 2022-2023, and 10% by 2024-2025.

Second Semester Freshman Cohort Percentage on Academic Suspension  
Fall 2013/Spring 2014 2013 16.4%  
Fall 2014/Spring 2015 2014 16.8%  
Fall 2015/Spring 2016 2015 15.3%  
Fall 2016/Spring 2017 2016 11.4%  
Fall 2017/Spring 2018 2017 11.5%  
Fall 2018/Spring 2019 2018 9.1%  
Fall 2019/Spring 2020 2019 0.0% Covid Semester*

 *Grading accommodations were implemented in Spring 2020 due to the mid-semester interruption to course format caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on those accommodations, academic standing could not be negatively impacted.

 

Undergraduate Graduation Rates: First-time Full-time Freshmen

Southeastern uses the traditional, nationally-recognized six-year Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Graduation Rates measure as one means of assessing student achievement. The six-year IPEDS graduation rate is a federal reporting standard. The IPEDS graduation rate is the percentage of first-time full-time degree-seeking freshmen who graduate within six years of their initial summer or fall semester of full-time coursework at a university. Students taking 12 credit hours or more in a semester are considered full-time.

For example, Southeastern’s IPEDS graduation rate reported in the 2019-2020 academic year includes data from students who began their baccalaureate studies as first-time full-time students at Southeastern in Fall 2013 or the prior summer. Those students are referred to as the 2013 freshman cohort. The IPEDS graduation rate covers the time frame from summer/fall 2013 through the 2018-2019 academic year. The IPEDS graduation rates reported in 2019-2020 (2013 cohort) does not include students who began as first-time full-time students during any other semester or term, or who transferred to Southeastern from another college or university, or who began Southeastern as a part-time student.

Southeastern’s goal is to increase its six-year IPEDS graduation rate to 42% (or a 3-year average of 42%) by the 2020-2021 reporting year of the 2014 cohort (2019-2020 = sixth academic year), 42.5% (or a 3-year average of 42.5%) by the 2023-2024 reporting year of the 2017 cohort (2022-2023 = sixth academic year), and 43% by the 2025-2026 reporting year of the 2019 cohort (2024-2025 = sixth academic year).

 

 

Reporting Academic Year Sixth Academic Year Freshman Cohort IPEDS Graduation Rate  
2016-2017 2015-2016 2010 39.7%  
2017-2018 2016-2017 2011 41.3%  
2018-2019 2017-2018 2012 39.6%  
2019-2020 2018-2019 2013 39.5%  
2020-2021 2019-2020 2014 40.2% Goal Not Met

 

Although Southeastern did not meet its IPEDS graduation rate goal for the 2014 cohort, the University is optimistic about meeting the goal for the 2017 through 2019 cohorts given their performance on the measures of undergraduate progress towards graduation presented earlier. The University is especially optimistic regarding the 2019 cohort given the number of different measures on which that cohort exceeded goals, including first-to-second year retention rates, completion of the first academic year with at least 30 credit hours and a GPA of at least 2.3, and the percentage on academic probation at the end of their first semester.

 

Number of Degrees Awarded

The IPEDS cohort graduation rate is an important measure of student success in that it is the standard measure for reporting data at the federal level. However, those data are limited to students who began their baccalaureate studies as a full-time degree-seeking student in a fall semester at Southeastern. In contrast, the total number of degrees awarded as a measure of student achievement includes all students. To help achieve its mission, Southeastern seeks to increase the number of baccalaureate and master’s degrees we award relative to the number awarded in 2017-2018.

Southeastern has set goals of awarding 1,826 baccalaureate degrees in 2019-2020, between 1,826 and 1,900 in 2020-2021 and in 2021-2022, 1,900 in 2022-2023, between 1,900 and 1,950 in 2023-2024, and 1,950 in 2024-2025.

Academic Year Number of Baccalaureate Degrees Awarded  
2013-2014 1,976  
2014-2015 1,933  
2015-2016 1,831  
2016-2017 1,729  
2017-2018 1,826  
2018-2019 1,758  
2019-2020 1,772 Goal Not Met

 

Although Southeastern did not meet its 2019-2020 goal of number of baccalaureate degrees awarded, the University is optimistic about meeting the 2022-2023 through 2024-2025 goals given student performance on the measures of undergraduate progress towards graduation presented earlier in this document.

Southeastern has set goals of awarding 271 master’s degrees in 2019-2020, between 271 and 300 in 2020-2021 and 2021-2022, 300 in 2022-2023, between 300 and 325 in 2023-2024, and 325 in 2024-2025.

Academic Year Number of Master's Degrees Awarded  
2013-2014 392  
2014-2015 349  
2015-2016 348  
2016-2017 319  
2017-2018 271  
2018-2019 288  
2019-2020 325 Goal Exceeded

 

Licensure/Certification Examination Pass Rates

Some professions require passage of a licensure or certification exam in addition to a degree. Some of Southeastern’s professional degree programs use state and/or national exams for entry into the major. For others, discipline-specific accrediting agencies require minimum passage rates among the program’s graduates.

Southeastern students have historically performed well on professional licensure and certification exams. The University’s goal is to maintain its high passage rates and document that those rates are at or above the national pass rate. Please note that there are variable lag times between when students take an exam and when the institutional and/or national pass rates are available, depending on the particular exam.

The following data are presented by either calendar year or academic year, depending on how the national rates are calculated.

 

American Academy of Nurse Practitioners – Family Nurse Practitioner (AANP - FNP) Exam 

(Master’s degree program in Nursing – Family Nurse Practitioner concentration)

Calendar Year National Pass Rate Southeastern Pass Rate  
2013  86.3% 100%  
2014  85.3% 100%  
2015  81.6% 100%  
2016  81.6% 98.0%  
2017  79.0% 98.0%  
2018  85.0% 100%  
2019  86.0% 100% Goal Met

 

National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX) for Registered Nurses – First-Time Candidates

(Bachelor’s degree program in Nursing)

Calendar Year National Pass Rate Southeastern Pass Rate  
2013  83.0% 90.0%  
2014  81.8% 91.8%  
2015  84.5% 92.3%  
2016  84.6% 95.4%  
2017  87.1% 98.5%  
2018  88.3% 96.1%  
2019  91.2% 97.3% Goal Met

 

Board of Certification Exam (BOC) for Athletic Training

(Bachelor’s degree program in Athletic Training)

Academic Year National Pass Rate Southeastern Pass Rate  
2013-2014  86.3% 81.8%  
2014-2015  83.9% 55.0%  
2015-2016  86.4% 73.7%  
2016-2017  86.9% 84.2%  
2017-2018  77.3% 92.3%  
2018-2019  83.4% 71.4%  
2019-2020  84.1% 71.4% Goal Not Met*

*To improve Southeastern’s pass rate on the BOC exam, Athletic Training faculty are developing collaborative study sessions for Athletic Training seniors.

 

Praxis Exams Administered to K-12 Teacher Education Candidates

(Passage required for entry into a K-12 Teacher Education major)

Academic Year National Pass Rate Southeastern Pass Rate  
2013-2014  94.3% 100%  
2014-2015  94.6% 100%  
2015-2016  93.7% 100%  
2016-2017  93.1% 100%  
2017-2018  92.6% 100%  
2018-2019  Not Yet Available 100%  
2019-2020  Not Yet Available 100% Goal Met