Responsibility:  Institutional Effectiveness

Key Stakeholder(s): Students

Goal and Rationale

Goal: To measure the extent of enhancing success throughout our learning community for students.

Rationale: Student success is defined as measures of student retention, graduation and career outcome rates. These three measures are standardized by Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) or National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE).

Definition and Collection Plan

Formal Definition: Student retention will include the formal first-year retention rate as defined by IPEDS, and will be expanded to also include retention rates for all undergraduate students. Graduation rates will include 4-, 5-, and 6-year rates as reported annually to IPEDS. Career outcome rates include students’ post-graduation engagement in full-time or part-time employment, volunteer service, serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, or enrollment in a program of continuing education. Career outcome rates will be determined for both undergraduate and graduate student populations. The graduate student career outcome success will be measured by the impact attainment of an additional degree had on the individual’s change in status of their employment as measured by promotion or position changes. Student satisfaction will be determined from individual department exit surveys in which the extent to which a student would recommend or choose MSOE again will be assessed.

Frequency:  Annually

Comparison Group(s): 5-year Historical Trend / Aspirational Group / Peer Group


Variables: Retention Rates / Graduation Rates / Career Outcomes Rate / Student Satisfaction

Audiences:  All