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Student Achievement Measures Disclosure

Virginia Tech Student Achievement Measures

Virginia Tech is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). In June 2014, the SACSCOC Board of Trustees approved a policy statement on “Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure.” The policy requires that an institution accredited by SACSCOC publish “statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals.” Virginia Tech has a strong history of evaluating the achievement of its students in relation to its mission. The university monitors achievement of students through the Institutional Performance Standards developed by the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV), and through the university’s long-range strategic plan scorecard (under development).

Institutional Performance Standards

While the university monitors first-year retention rates and graduation rates (Table 1), no specific university-level targets have been set for those rates. Instead, the university has developed targets for degree awards at each student level (Table 2) as established in the Institutional Performance Standards. Retention and graduation rates are critically important in developing these targets. In concurrence with the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, the university considers a threshold of 95% of the target to be acceptable performance.

Table 1. First-year retention rates and six-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time, first-year baccalaureate degree seeking students

First-Year Retention Rates

 

Six-Year Graduation Rates

Cohort Year

Number of Students in Cohort

Percentage of Students From Cohort Retained After One Year

 

Cohort Year

Number of Students in Cohort

Percentage of Students From Cohort Graduated Within Six Years

2011

5157

93%

 

2006

5030

83%

2012

5413

91%

 

2007

5059

83%

2013

5298

93%

 

2008

5397

83%

2014

5403

94%

 

2009

4994

83%

2015

6261

93%

 

2010

5136

84%

2016

5864

93%

 

2011

5157

84%

2017

6769

93%

 

2012

5413

84%

2018

6183

93%

 

2013

5298

86%

2019 7596 93%   2014 5403 86%

 

Table 2. Degree targets for 2019-20 and actual degree awards

Degree Level

Total

 

In-State - All Majors

 

Target*

Threshold

Actual

 

Target*

Threshold

Actual

Associate's Degrees

63

60

55

 

61

58

52

Baccalaureate Degrees**

6703

6368

6832

 

5030

4779

5191

Master's Degrees

1476

1402

1434

 

793

753

700

Doctoral Degrees

488

464

557

 

190

181

211

Professional Degrees

162

154

168

 

100

95

102

* Sources:  Target - SCHEV 2B revised, Nov 2019    ** First majors only;  Actual - SCHEV C01 (Completions Summary by Domicile)
 

In addition, the university has established targets for the production of associate and baccalaureate degrees in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Health (STEM-H) fields:

  • 2019-20 In-State Target: 2445
  • Acceptable Performance Threshold: 2323
  • 2019-20 Actual STEM-H Degree Production: 2930

Source: 2019-20 degrees conferred file

This report is available in PDF format.

Additional links to retention and graduation rates, in graphical and tabular form, are here:

See Time-to-Degree data

See the 2020 Institutional Performance Standards Review (PDF). Virginia Tech’s table is below:

A table from page 18 of the SCHEV Institutional Performance Standards (IPS) Review, 2020 Results.