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Student Achievement and Outcomes

A Transformational Education Breeds Success

Saint Leo University prides itself on its student-centered education model. For us, the success of our community is measured on academic progress, completions, and career-related success. These benchmarks are a testament to the value of a Saint Leo education. See some of our student outcomes below.

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Career Outcomes

Saint Leo University measures career-related success both during your enrollment and upon graduation. Sources used to monitor career-related achievements include 1) University Explorations (general education) Course Completion, 2) Senior Exit Survey University Explorations Career-related Items, and 3) Annual Program Performance Report (APPR): Florida Department of Education Data.

96%

Of Students Report Developing a Strong Decision-Making Process Based on Critical Thinking and Values

98%

Of Students Report Learning to Communicate Clearly and Effectively Using Multiple Types of Media

97%

Of Students Report Demonstrating Knowledge of Diverse Populations, Beliefs, Values, and Norms

University Explorations (General Education) Course Completion

University Explorations is Saint Leo’s general education program. General education is a vital part of a student’s course of study as it informs, deepens, and extends learning beyond the major. The program cultivates in students essential skills in critical thinking and decision-making, effective communication, problem-solving, analysis, and creativity.

Ultimately, successful course completion matters because it is a measure of student progress toward degree completion. Saint Leo University considers successful course completion to be a “C” or better.

COHORT 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (-1/+1 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED TO BENCHMARK) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (FIVE-YEAR MEDIAN) 2018
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS  
University Campus (on-ground) 83% 84% 86% 85% 83% 82-84% 84% 83%
Education Centers (on-ground) 80% 77% 78% 76% 75% 74-76% 77% 75%
Online 70% 68% 62% 67% 65% 64-66% 67% 68%
Military (all) 83% 82% 81% 81% 80% 79-81% 81% 81%

Senior Exit Survey Career-Related Items

Several items on the Senior Exit Survey are used to evaluate student achievement using indirect assessment methods. The target/threshold of acceptability is a score, overall and for each individual item, at or above 3.0 on a 4-point Likert Scale.

COHORT 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
UNIVERSITY CAMPUS (ON-GROUND)     3.50 3.56 3.54 3.44 3.40 3.34
I used critical thinking skills. 3.46 3.54 3.49 3.40 3.38 3.28
I used quantitative skills. 3.45 3.54 3.47 3.36 3.34 3.09
I demonstrated a knowledge of diverse populations, differing beliefs systems, values, and norms. 3.54 3.56 3.58 3.50 3.43 3.39
I was able to communicate clearly and effectively using multiple types of media. 3.54 3.58 3.61 3.48 3.45 3.51
I developed a decision making process based on critical thinking and core values. 3.49 3.57 3.55 3.46 3.39 3.43
COHORT 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
EDUCATION CENTERS 3.72 3.74 3.74 3.68 3.71 3.72
I used critical thinking skills. 3.77 3.80 3.79 3.74 3.75 3.77
I used quantitative skills. 3.68 3.71 3.73 3.64 3.66 3.69
I demonstrated a knowledge of diverse populations, differing beliefs systems, values, and norms. 3.76 3.76 3.80 3.75 3.80 3.74
I was able to communicate clearly and effectively using multiple types of media. 3.70 3.74 3.69 3.62 3.68 3.72
I developed a decision making process based on critical thinking and core values. 3.67 3.70 3.70 3.65 3.65 3.69
COHORT 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
ONLINE 3.80 3.82 3.75 3.81 3.72 3.72
I used critical thinking skills. 3.85 3.84 3.78 3.85 3.80 3.76
I used quantitative skills. 3.75 3.77 3.73 3.79 3.60 3.66
I demonstrated a knowledge of diverse populations, differing beliefs systems, values, and norms. 3.82 3.85 3.73 3.83 3.73 3.78
I was able to communicate clearly and effectively using multiple types of media. 3.83 3.82 3.74 3.79 3.67 3.67
I developed a decision making process based on critical thinking and core values. 3.76 3.82 3.76 3.78 3.80 3.74

Education Program Annual Program Performance Report (APPR) Outcomes

The Annual Program Performance Report (APPR) is an annual public report card issued by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) on each state-approved teacher preparation program and measures the effectiveness of a program based on the performance of program completers. APPR overall scores are calculated and awarded by the Florida Department of Education (FLDOE) each year and are based on outcome-based performance categories, including: 

  • Candidate employment rate after graduation
  • Retention in employment in Florida public schools five years after graduation
  • Graduate student performance on state assessments; achievement on state assessments by subgroup; and annual teacher evaluation process

  The threshold of acceptability is set at 2.5 by the Florida Department of Education. However, Saint Leo's target is 2.8, as established by the institution's education department faculty.

PROGRAM 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18 2018-19 2019-20
Elementary Education 2.2 2.6 3.2 2.8 3.4
Exceptional Student Education 3.7 3.7 3.0 2.7 3.7
Middle Grades English Education 3.0 2.6 2.6 3.8 3.2
Middle Grades Social Science Education 2.5 3.3 3.7 3.7 3.5
Reading 3.5 3.2 3.4 3.6 3.8

Fall-to-Fall Retention

IPEDS First Time in College (FTIC) Retention

We track retention rates of first-time freshmen using the IPEDS system. IPEDS, also known as Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, is a system of surveys that helps track full-time, FTIC undergraduate students using reenrollment rates on a fall-to-fall cycle.

72%

Of First-Time-in-College Students Retain from Year to Year

66%

Of On-Campus Undergraduate Students Retain from Year to Year

75%

Of Education Center Graduate Students Retain from Year to Year

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IPEDS First Time in College (FTIC) Retention

To track retention of first-time freshmen, Saint Leo University uses the IPEDS traditional fall-to-fall retention rates for full-time, FTIC undergraduate students using reenrollment rates on a fall-to-fall cycle.

IPEDS FIRST-TIME, FULL-TIME COHORT (FTIC) FTIC RETENTION RATES
2014 IPEDS Retention Rate 69%
2015 IPEDS Retention Rate 68%
2016 IPEDS Retention Rate 71%
2017 IPEDS Retention Rate (benchmark) 72%
2018 IPEDS Retention Rate 72%
Target (2 percentage points increase over benchmark by 2021) 74%
Threshold of Acceptability (five-year median) 71%
2019 SLU IPEDS FTIC Retention Rate 72%
2019 IPEDS Peer FTIC Retention Rate 72%

Internally Benchmarked Retention Rates

We also internally benchmark retention rates for other student cohorts using reenrollment rates on a fall-to-fall cycle, using the same IPEDS methodology.

UNDERGRADUATE 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (2 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE OVER BENCHMARK BY 2021) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (MEDIAN OF THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS) 2018
University Campus (on-ground) 69% 71% 73% 72% 73% 75% 72% 70%
Education Centers (on-ground) 65% 63% 59% 57% 57% 59% 59% 50%
Online 48% 41% 28% 38% 35% 37% 38% 31%
Military (all) 50% 45% 46% 54% 48% 50% 48% 48%
GRADUATE 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (2 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE OVER BENCHMARK BY 2021) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (MEDIAN OF THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS) 2018
University Campus (on-ground) NA
Education Centers (on-ground) 72% 65% 74% 64% 59% 61% 65% 80%
Online 68% 67% 67% 69% 67% 69% 67% 68%
Military (all) 69% 63% 60% 55% 60% 62% 60% 64%

Graduation Rates

Our graduation rates are an important metric that we use to measure the successful outcomes of our students. We are committed to seeing our community of learners graduate on time, and we offer a variety of resources available to help each student successfully earn their degree. 

IPEDS Graduation Rates

SACSCOC Completion Indicator/IPEDS Graduation Rates

We use our IPEDS Traditional Overall Graduation Rate to monitor and evaluate student achievement. The IPEDS Traditional Overall Graduation Rate captures completion data for a first-time, full-time degree-seeking freshman cohort for 150 percent standard time.

IPEDS COHORT GRADUATION RATES
2014 SLU IPEDS Graduation Rate 46%
2015 SLU IPEDS Graduation Rate 45%
2016 SLU IPEDS Graduation Rate 45%
2017 SLU IPEDS Graduation Rate (benchmark) 40%
2018 SLU IPEDS Graduation Rate 48%
Target (2 percentage points increase over benchmark by 2021) 42%
Threshold of Acceptability (five-year median) 45%
2019 SLU IPEDS Graduation Rate 51%
SACSCOC SLU Completion Indicator 45%
SACSCOC Peer Completion Indicator 44%

Internally Benchmarked Graduation Rates

The IPEDS cohort tends to be composed of younger students who have recently graduated from high school, whereas many students at Saint Leo University are older, working adults with families who have transferred to Saint Leo from other institutions. As we are concerned about student achievement for all students, the institution also internally evaluates graduation rates for other student cohorts, which include graduate, transfer, and part-time students.

UNDERGRADUATE ENTERING 2007 ENTERING 2008 ENTERING 2009 ENTERING 2010 ENTERING 2011 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (2 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE OVER BENCHMARK BY 2021) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (FIVE-YEAR MEDIAN) ENTERING 2012
University Campus (on-ground) 53% 47% 48% 48% 52% 54% 48% 55%
Education Centers (on-ground) 64% 59% 61% 59% 57% 59% 59% 58%
Online 26% 30% 26% 24% 29% 31% 26% 30%
Military (all) 44% 34% 33% 44% 49% 51% 44% 45%
GRADUATE ENTERING 2010 ENTERING 2011 ENTERING 2012 ENTERING 2013 ENTERING 2014 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (2 PERCENTAGE POINT INCREASE OVER BENCHMARK BY 2021) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (FIVE-YEAR MEDIAN) ENTERING 2012
University Campus (on-ground) NA
Education Centers (on-ground) 55% 58% 41% 49% 58% 60% 55% 54%
Online 56% 52% 57% 52% 51% 53% 52% 53%
Military (all) 54% 54% 55% 54% 58% 60% 54% 50%

Course Completion

Ultimately, successful course completion matters because it is a measure of student progress toward degree completion. Saint Leo University considers successful course completion to be a “C” or better. As many short-term factors impact course completion, the institution considers year-over-year consistency important in this measure and expects outcomes to be -1/+1 compared to the benchmark at or above the median of the previous five years. The table below provides current completion data from the 2018-

80%

Of Undergraduate Students Complete Course Requirements Each Year

92%

Of Graduate Students Complete Course Requirements Each Year

93%

Of Online Students Complete Course Requirements Each Year

Undergraduate Course Completion

COHORT 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (-1/+1 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED TO BENCHMARK) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (MEDIAN OF THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS) 2018
UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
University Campus (on-ground) 85% 86% 87% 86% 87% 86-88% 86% 87%
Education Centers (on-ground) 83% 81% 82% 81% 81% 80-82% 81% 80%
Online 76% 75% 71% 73% 73% 72-74% 73% 75%
Military (all) 85% 83% 83% 82% 82% 81-83% 83% 83%

Graduate Course Completion

COHORT 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 (BENCHMARK) TARGET (-1/+1 PERCENTAGE POINT COMPARED TO BENCHMARK) THRESHOLD OF ACCEPTABILITY (MEDIAN OF THE PREVIOUS FIVE YEARS) 2018
GRADUATE STUDENTS
University Campus (on-ground) NA
Education Centers (on-ground) 93% 93% 93% 91% 93% 92-94% 93% 92%
Online 93% 93% 93% 93% 93% 92-94% 93% 93%
Military (all) 94% 94% 93% 92% 92% 91-93% 93% 92%
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