To fulfill its mission, Samford University monitors student achievement and success in multiple ways during the time students are enrolled and once they have graduated. Examples of Samford’s goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals are provided below. These include student retention rates, graduation rates, outcomes for licensing examinations, undergraduate success in securing jobs, internships, or continuing their education after graduation, and participation in selected high impact practices. To benchmark student success in achieving the goals, Samford University uses information from the sources identified below.

2019-2020 Measures and Outcomes for Student Achievement

Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are commonly used student progress measures for four-year institutions.

Goals

Meet or exceed average peer 6-year graduation rate of 74%.
Reach goal: Meet average aspirant 6-year graduation rate of 84%.

Samford's Current Outcome

75%

Source of Data

Institutional Research

Retention Rate

Retention rates are commonly used student progress measures for four-year institutions.

Goals

Meet or exceed average peer retention rate of 87%.
Reach goal: Meet average aspirant retention rate of 93%.

Samford's Current Outcome

90%

Source of Data

Institutional Research

Professional Licensure (Nursing, Pharmacy, Law)

Narrative and Rationale for Measure

Nursing, Pharmacy, and Law represent the largest programs at Samford University and drive enrollment to a large degree. Thus, given the significant imprint on the institution, and the overall number of students enrolled, results from the Nursing, Pharmacy, and Law licensure exams are key measures of student achievement.

Goals

Nursing: Minimum threshold of acceptability is 80% passage rate based on benchmarks set by CCNE and the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Pharmacy: The minimum threshold of acceptability is set to exceed the national average. Current target is 90%, exceeding 2018 national average of 88.%.

Law: The minimum threshold of acceptability is set to exceed the American Bar Association’s ultimate bar passage rate requirement of 75%. The ultimate bar passage rate is defined as graduates who take a bar exam and pass within two years of graduation.

Samford's Current Outcome

Nursing:

  • 90.08% NCLEX-RN first time pass rate for 2019
  • 100% first time pass rate for Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam—DNP graduates for 2019
  • 90% first time pass rate for Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam—MSN graduates for 2019
  • 100% first time pass rate on Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam for 2018; no 2019 results available
  • 89% National Certification Exam first time pass rate for Nurse Anesthesia for class of 2020

Pharmacy: Current outcome: 88% average first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX.

Law: Current outcome (2018 class) 92% ultimate bar passage rate.

Source of Data

Academic Programs

Undergraduate First Destination Outcomes (Employment, Continued Education, and Knowledge Rate*)

*A knowledge rate is defined as the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities.

One focus area within Samford’s strategic plan includes an emphasis on student success. This emphasis includes a commitment to expanding undergraduate support in the Career Development Center and the enrichment of external partnerships. Undergraduate first destination outcomes demonstrate the successful transition of Samford graduates into their careers or graduate and continuing education.

Goals

Goal: Exceed southeast region

  • Southeast region: 78.6% employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 64.8%.

Samford's Current Outcome

Outcomes from the 2018 May and December Samford undergraduate class include:

  • May 2019: 97% of Samford graduates are employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 98.6%.
  • December 2019: 91% of Samford graduates are employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 99.2%.

Source of Data

National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE)

High Impact Student Practices

Participation in two or more high impact student practices by senior year.

Participation in high impact student practices is essential to the furtherance of Samford’s mission to “nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood.”

Goals

Goal: Exceed NSSE cohort.
Current options include: NSSEE 2018/19 – 60%

Samford's Current Outcome

Based on 2019 NSSE data, 94% of Samford students participated in two or more high impact practices by senior year.

Source of Data

NSSE Current

2018-2019 Measures and Outcomes for Student Achievement

Graduation Rate

Graduation rates are commonly used student progress measures for four-year institutions.

Goals

Meet or exceed average peer 6-year graduation rate of 76%.
Reach goal: Meet average aspirant 6-year graduation rate of 85%.

Samford's Outcome

76%

Source of Data

Institutional Research

Retention Rate

Retention rates are commonly used student progress measures for four-year institutions.

Goals

Meet or exceed average peer retention rate of 87%
Reach goal: Meet average aspirant retention rate of 92%

Samford's Outcome

87%

Source of Data

Institutional Research

Professional Licensure (Nursing, Pharmacy, Law)

Rationale for Measure

Nursing, Pharmacy, and Law represent some of the largest programs at Samford University. Thus, given the significant imprint on the institution, and the overall number of students enrolled, results from the Nursing, Pharmacy, and Law licensure exams are key measures of student achievement.

Goals

Nursing: Minimum threshold of acceptability is 80% passage rate based on benchmarks set by CCNE and the Alabama Board of Nursing.

Pharmacy: The minimum threshold of acceptability is set to exceed the national average. Current target is 90%, exceeding 2018 national average of 88.4%.

Law: The minimum threshold of acceptability is set to exceed the American Bar Association’s ultimate bar passage rate requirement of 75%. The ultimate bar passage rate is defined as graduates who take a bar exam and pass within two years of graduation.

Samford's Outcome

Nursing:

  • 90% NCLEX-RN first time pass rate for 2018
  • 97% pass rate on Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Certification Exam for 2018
  • 100% first time pass rate on Emergency Nurse Practitioner Certification Exam for 2018
  • 92% National Certification Exam first-time pass rate for Nurse Anesthesia.

Pharmacy: Current outcome: 93% average first-time pass rate on the NAPLEX.

Law: Current outcome (2016 class) 91.6% ultimate bar passage rate.

Source of Data

Academic Programs

Undergraduate First Destination Outcomes (Employment, Continued Education, and Knowledge Rate*)

*A knowledge rate is defined as the percent of graduates for which the institution has reasonable and verifiable information concerning the graduates’ post-graduation career activities.

Rationale for Measure

One focus area within Samford’s strategic plan includes an emphasis on student success. This emphasis includes a commitment to expanding undergraduate support in the Career Development Center and the enrichment of external partnerships. Undergraduate first destination outcomes demonstrate the successful transition of Samford graduates into their careers or graduate and continuing education.

Goals

Goal: Exceed Southeast Region

The National Association for Colleges and Employers (NACE) has not published results from the 2018 class (forthcoming in fall 2019), but 2017 data is available for benchmarking:

  • Southeast region: 78.2% employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 65.9%.
  • Private institutions: 91% employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 78.5%.

Samford's Outcome

Outcomes from the 2018 May and December Samford undergraduate class include:

  • May 2018: 96% of Samford graduates are employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 91%.
  • December 2018: 95% of Samford graduates are employed, engaged in internship, or continuing their education. Knowledge rate of 94%.

Source of Data

NACE Data

High Impact Student Practices

Participation in two or more high impact student practices by senior year.

Rationale for Measure

Participation in high impact student practices including is essential to the furtherance of Samford’s mission to “nurture persons in their development of intellect, creativity, faith, and personhood.”

Goals

Goal: Exceed Southeast Private
Current options include: Carnegie class – 51%, NSSEE 2018/19 – 60%, Southeast private – 54%

Samford's Outcome

Based on 2019 NSSE data, 94% of Samford students participated in two or more high impact practices by senior year.

Source of Data

NSSE Current