Troy University
SACS Reaffirmation of Accreditation
4.1 The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement including, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates. (Student achievement)
 
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Narrative:  

Troy University is in compliance with this Federal Requirement.

Troy University maintains an effective approach to evaluating its success with respect to student achievement, including consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates.

Course Completion

Troy University monitors and evaluates student achievement in the completion of individual courses and in completion of academic degrees. For fall 2006, 28,255 students enrolled in courses. From this, 3,372 withdrew from their courses before the end of the semester resulting in 88% of students completing their courses. In the fall of 2007, 29,850 students enrolled in courses and 3,413 withdrew before the end of the semester, so that 88% completed their course work.

In terms of degree completion, Troy University conferred 5,976 degrees in 2004-2005. Of these, 2,714 were undergraduate degrees and 3,262 were graduate degrees. Troy awarded 6,798 degrees in 2005–2006, with 3,151 undergraduate degrees and 3,647 graduate degrees. In 2006–2007, 5,854 degrees were awarded, with 2,753 undergraduate degrees and 3,101 graduate degrees.

Troy University annually reviews graduation rates as established by the U.S. Department of Education. Student cohorts consist of first-time, full-time freshmen entering the University during the summer and fall semesters of a given year.

The six year graduation rate for the 2001 Troy University student cohort was 42%, which is comparable to the graduation rate of other master’s degree level regional universities in Alabama. The 2007 edition of U.S. News and World Report provides information on master’s degree institutions by region with the following comparative six year graduation rates among peer institutions in Alabama.

Institution 6 Yr Graduation Rate
Alabama A & M
34%
Auburn University - Montgomery
29%
Jacksonville State University
36%
Troy University
42%
University of Montevallo
43%
University of North Alabama
38%
University of South Alabama
35%
University of West Alabama
31%

State Licensing Examinations

Troy University evaluates students’ performance through a variety of licensing examinations, including the NCLEX-RN for nursing, the NATABOC for athletic training, and the Praxis II for education.

Nursing The National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) is a standardized exam that each state board of nursing uses to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice. Troy University students’ first-time pass rates compare favorably with both the state average and the national average. Average first-time pass rates for 2004 through 2007 are:

NCLEX-RN First Time Pass Rates
TROY ASN AVG TROY BSN AVG ALABAMA AVG NATIONAL AVG
92% 89% 88% 87%

Athletic Training The Troy University Athletic Training Education Program also assesses student achievement by examining the pass rates on the National Athletic Training Association Board of Certification (NATABOC) exam. Passage of this exam is required in order to be recognized as a Certified Athletic Trainer. The average pass rate for Troy University students from 2004 through 2007 is 86%.

Teacher Education All teacher preparation programs at Troy University assess student achievement based upon student pass rates on the Praxis II test. The Praxis II test measures general and subject specific knowledge and teaching skills. The Alabama State Department of Education has required that teacher education students pass the Praxis II in order to receive certification. The pass rate for Troy students in 2005 was 75%, and in 2006 it was 76%.

Job Placement Rates

In addition to reviewing graduation rates and performance on licensing examinations, Troy University tracks job placement rates through its annual alumni survey. This survey goes out each year to all of the alumni who have graduated in the preceding five years. The results from this survey can be broken out by individual academic programs. The aggregated data from this survey shows strong overall performance in the area of job placement.

Alumni from Troy University’s traditional college-age population indicate that more than 87% have full-time positions within one year of graduation. Among the alumni who were traditional college-age students at Troy University, 93% report that their educational experience has prepared them well for their current type of employment, and 75% report that their degree has helped increase their job security.

Troy University alumni who attended as adult students are typically already working while they are attending the University. More than 67% report that they are working full-time while in school, but within one year of graduation, more than 93% have full-time employment. Among these alumni who were adult students, 95% indicate that their educational experience has prepared them well for their current type of employment, and 70% indicate their educational experience has helped increase their job security.

Troy University also obtains job placement information from its graduate students through the alumni survey process. Like adult undergraduate students, a high percentage are working full-time (more than 80%) while taking graduate courses at Troy University. The number employed full time within one year of graduation jumps to 98.2% among graduate students. Among the alumni of Troy University’s graduate programs, 97.5% consider their education to have prepared them well for their current employment, and 72% report that their degrees have helped increase their job security.

With 93% of the graduates obtaining full-time employment with six months of graduation and 96% within one year, the data show that Troy University graduate are very successful in obtaining post-graduate employment. Moreover, 86% of the respondents indicated that their current jobs were related to their major field of study.

Furthermore, Troy University surveyed employers of Troy University graduates each year to determine how well prepared the graduates are. The survey results indicate that at least 80% of surveyed employers perceive the skills, abilities, and educational preparation of Troy graduates to be “good” or “excellent.” In the most recent survey, 97% of employers indicated that they would hire another Troy graduate, if given the opportunity.

Conclusions

Troy University is in compliance with this Federal Requirement.

 

Supporting Documentation Location
Percentage of Graduates Employed within One Year After Graduation by Degree http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/SACS_04-01_Employed-within-one-year.pdf
Troy University 2006 Alumni Survey, Detailed Findings http://sacs.troy.edu/reference/2006AS_Detailed_Findings.pdf
Troy University 2006 Employer Survey http://sacs.troy.edu/references/2006_Employer_Survey_Final_Report.pdf

 

Last Updated: 08/22/2008