Office of Institutional Planning and Effectiveness

Student Achievement

Students at graduation ceremony

 

The following table outlines Western Carolina University's core student success performance criteria and most recent available results. For more information please contact Dr. Lowell K. Davis at 828-227-2670 or lkdavis@wcu.edu in the Division of Student Success. 

Retention

Fall-to-Fall, First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen 2012 
cohort
2013 
cohort
2014 
cohort
2015 
cohort
2016 
cohort
Goal 74.5% 75.0% 75.5% 77.0% 78.5%
Outcome 78.6% 77.9% 80.1%    

 Graduation

4-yr. Graduation Rate, First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen 2009 
cohort
2010 
cohort
2011 
cohort
2012 
cohort
2013 
cohort
Goal 32.5% 33.0% 33.5% 36.0% 37.0%
Outcome 36.6% 36.5% 39.8%    
6-yr. Graduation Rate, First-Time, Full-Time Freshmen 2007 
cohort
2008 
cohort
2009 
cohort
2010 
cohort
2011 
cohort
Goal 51.0% 56.4% 53.5% 56.0% 57.0%
Outcome 51.0% 58.2% 57.3%    
4-yr. Graduation Rate, NCCCS Transfers (AA degree) 2009 
cohort
2010 
cohort
2011 
cohort
2012 
cohort
2013 
cohort
Goal 68.5% 70.0% 70.5% 71.0% 71.5%
Outcome 71.2% 66.9% 62.6%    

 Degrees Awarded

Undergrad Degree Efficiency (Bachelors per 100 UG FTE)  2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Goal 25.5% 26.0% 26.0% 26.5% 26.5%
Outcome 24.9% 24.6% 25.8%    
           
Degrees Awarded to Pell Recipients 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Goal 700 725 750 800 850
Outcome 732 826 1002    
           
STEM & Health Degrees Awarded 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Goal 650 675 700 725 750
Outcome 653 723 779    

 Course Completion

Pass Rate - All Courses

2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Goal n/a n/a n/a 92.5% 93.0%
Outcome 91.5% 91.7% 92.5%    
           
Pass Rate - 100-200 Level Courses 2012-2013 2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017
Goal n/a n/a n/a 90.5% 91.0%
Outcome 89.4% 89.4% 90.3%    
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