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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 and Table 2), 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 and Table 3) 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 and Table 2. First-year retention rates and six-year graduation rates for first-time, full-time, first-year baccalaureate degree seeking students

First-Year Retention Rates

Cohort Year

Number of Students in Cohort

Percentage of Students From Cohort Retained After One Year

2011

5157

93%

2012

5413

91%

2013

5298

93%

2014

5403

94%

2015

6261

93%

2016

5864

93%

2017

6769

93%

2018

6183

93%

2019

7596

93%

2020

6548

92%

Six-Year Graduation Rates

Cohort Year

Number of Students in Cohort

Percentage of Students From Cohort Graduated Within Six Years

2006

5030

83%

2007

5059

83%

2008

5397

83%

2009

4994

83%

2010

5136

84%

2011

5157

84%

2012

5413

84%

2013

5298

86%

2014

5403

86%

2015

6261

87%

Table 2 and Table 3. Degree targets for 2020-21 and actual degree awards.

Total

Degree

Target*

Threshold

Actual

Associate's

66

63

30

Baccalaureate**

7146

6789

7393

Master's

1570

1492

1429

Doctoral

504

479

489

Professional

167

159

166

In-State

Degree

Target*

Threshold

Actual

Associate's

65

62

28

Baccalaureate**

5361

5093

5438

Master's

868

825

669

Doctoral

196

186

181

Professional

96

91

102

STEM-H*** (Undergraduate) 2596 2466 2846

* Sources: Target - SCHEV 2B
** First majors only; Actual - SCHEV C01 (Completions Summary by Domicile)
*** 2020-21 degrees conferred file

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

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.