Part 3 - Federal Requirements
  

4.1  The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission.  Criteria may include: enrollment data; retention, graduation, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating achievement of goals. (Student achievement)

Compliance
Partial Compliance
Non-Compliance

Narrative

The University of New Orleans is committed to student achievement as evidenced by the following quote extracted from the mission statement:

committed to providing educational excellence to a diverse undergraduate and graduate student body

One component of the vision statement supporting the mission of the university centers on a commitment to excellence in teaching and in student success.

A review of the 2015-2020 Strategic Plan also demonstrates the importance placed on student achievement. Two of the six goals specifically focus on student achievement:

Goal One

Ensure high-quality academic programs which will prepare students for success in a globally competitive, multicultural, and changing environment.

Goal Two

Provide a supportive and student-centered learning environment for high-achieving, diverse, and motivated students that enhance their success.

Additional focus on student achievement may be found in the fact that 4 of the action steps aligned with the two goals in the Strategic Plan focus on student achievement. Following are the action steps focused on student achievement:

Goal one, Strategy 1, Action C Enhance collaboration and coordination between academic programs and the Offices of Academic Affairs, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, and the Registrar to improve student learning, persistence, and graduation rates.

Goal one, Strategy 1: Action D Revise the general education learning outcomes and curriculum.

Goal two, Strategy 3, D Increase opportunities for students to develop skills and credentials for career, professional and graduate school success.

Goal two, Strategy 3, E Foster greater faculty-student interaction and mentoring.

All publicly-funded universities have been mandated to increase their focus on student achievement through legislation passed five years ago by the Louisiana Legislature. The GRAD Act is designed as an accountability tool to evaluate the performance of each publicly funded higher education unit in the state. To comply with the act, the University of Louisiana submits an annual performance report that includes a number of student achievement measures. Although no one measure may act as a sole source to demonstrate effective student achievement, reviewing multiple measures provides more confidence in evaluating university performance. One provision of the GRAD Act also empowers the university to adjust tuition charges based on performance. Data are presented below for each year since the GRAD act took effect. The Board of Regents establishes an annual target for several of the measures. The most recent report submitted in spring 2014 focused on 2012-13. UNO was one of three institutions in the University of Louisiana System to meet 100% of the performance targets established.

Table 1: First to second year retention rate

  Baseline Year 1 [Page: 2] Year 2 [Page: 8] Year 3 [Page: 8] Year 4 [Page: 8]
Term of Data Fall 2008 to Fall 2009 Fall 2009 to Fall 2010 Fall 2010 to Fall 2011 Fall 2011 to Fall 2012 Fall 2012 to Fall 2013
# in Fall Cohort 1,203 1,218 1,020 1,044 856
# Retained to 2nd Fall Semester 825 772 681 673 575
Rate 68.6% 63.4% 66.8% 64.5% 67.2%
Target   63.6% (61.6% to 65.6%) 65% (63.0% to 67.0%) 65.5% (63.5% to 67.5%)

66.5% (64.5% to 69.5%)

Target Met?   Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Table 2: First to third year retention rate

  Baseline Year 1 [Page: 2] Year 2 [Page: 9] Year 3 [Page: 9] Year 4 [Page: 9]
Term of Data Fall 2007 to Fall 2009 Fall 2008 to Fall 2010 Fall 2009 to Fall 2011 Fall 2010 to Fall 2012 Fall 2011 to Fall 2013
# in Fall Cohort 1,030 1,208 1,218 1,020 1,044
# Retained to 3rd Fall Semester 540 597 611 560 501
Rate 52.4% 49.4% 50.2% 54.9% 48.0%
Target   49.7% (47.7% to 51.7%) 50.0% (48.0% to 52%) 50.5% (48.5% to 52.5%) 51.5% (49.5% to 53.5%)
Target Met?   Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Table 3: Same institution graduation rate

  Baseline Year 1 [Page: 2] Year 2 [Page: 10] Year 3 [Page: 10] Year 4 [Page: 10]
Term of Data Fall 2002 cohort through Fall 2008 Fall 2003 cohort through 2009 Fall 2004 cohort through 2010 Fall 2005 cohort through Fall 2011 Fall 2006 cohort through Fall 2012
# in Fall Cohort 1,685 1,961 1,782 215 951
# Graduated within 150% of time 372 409 356 82 328
Rate 22.1% 20.9% 20.0% 38.1% 34.5%
Target   21.0% (19.0% to 23.0%) 20.0% (18.0% to 22.0%) 35.0% (33.0% to 37.0%) 26.0% (24.0% to 28.0%)
Target Met?   Yes Yes Yes Yes
 

 

Table 4: Academic productivity: award productivity

  Baseline Year 1 [Page: 2] Year 2 [Page: 11] Year 3 [Page: 11] Year 4 [Page: 11]
Term of Data AY 2008-2009 AY 2009-2010 AY 2010-2011 AY 2011-2012 AY 2012-2013
FTE UG Enrollment 7, 512.23 7,617.83 7,367.56 7,067.00 6,597.03
Expected # of Degrees 1,878 1,904 1,842 1,767 1,649
# Awards 1,357 1,347 1,435 1,405 1,390
Ratio of Awards/FTE 0.1806 0.1768 0.1948 0.1988 0.2107
Award Productivity 72% 71% 78% 80% 84%
Target   71% (69% to 73%) 78% (76% to 80%) 71% (69% to 73%) 72% (70% to 74%)
Target Met?   Yes Yes Yes Yes
 

 

Table 5: Percent change in program completers from prior academic year from baseline year, per baccalaureate award level, certificate and above

  Baseline Year 1 [Page: 6] Year 2 [Page: 13] Year 3 [Page: 13] Year 4 [Page: 13]
Term of Data AY 2008-2009 AY 2009-2010 AY 2010-2011 AY 2011-2012 AY 2012-2013
Total UG Completers 1,286 1,295 1,361 1,329 1,326
% Change   0.7% 5.8% 3.3% 3.1%
Target   0.6% (1,294) (-1.4% to 2.6%) 1.5% (1,305) (-0.5% to 3.5%) 0.6% (1,294) (-1.4% to 2.6%) 1.0% (1,299) (0.5% to 3.5%)
Target Met?   Yes Yes Yes Yes
 
 

Table 6: Number of high school students enrolled at the postsecondary institution while still in high school

 
  Baseline Year 1 [Page: 9] Year 2 [Page: 16] Year 3 [Page: 16] Year 4 [Page: 16]
Term of Data AY 2008-2009 AY 2009-2010 AY 2010-2011 AY 2011-2012 AY 2012-2013
Summer 9 11 25 23 21
Fall 22 118 61 101 98
Winter          
Spring 47 98 86 64 104
Total 78 227 172 188 223
 

Table 7: Passage rate on licensure exams (NOTE: this measure was added in year three of the GRAD Act)

Note: The only academic program offered at the University of New Orleans that requires passage of licensure examinations is the College of Education and Human Development.

Term of Data 2011-12 [Page: 17] 2012-13 [Page: 17]
Number of students who took exams 105 143
Number of students who met standards for passage 105 143
Calculated passage rate 100% 100%
Target 98% 98%

 

Supporting Documents

Document Description
Document IconAcademic_Productivity_Year_1Academic Productivity Year 1
Document IconFirst_to_Second_Year_Retention_Rate_Year_1First to Second Year Retention Rate Year 1
Document IconFirst_to_Third_Year_Retention_Rate_Year_1First to Third Year Retention Rate Year 1
Document IconHB1171Act741_GRAD Act_IGrad Act
Document IconNumber_of_High_School_Students_Enrolled_Postsecondary_institution_Year_1Number of High School Students Enrolled Postsecondary institution Year 1
Document IconPercent_Change_Program_Completers_Year_1Percent Change Program Completers Year 1
Document IconSame_Institution__Graduation_Rate_Year_1Same Institution Graduation Rate Year 1
Document IconUNO_GRAD_ACT_Year_2_FY_2011_2012UNO GRAD ACT Year 2 FY 2011-2012
Document IconUNO_GRAD_ACT_Year_3_FY_2012_2013UNO GRAD ACT Year 3 FY 2012-2013
Document IconUNO_GRAD_ACT_Year_4_FY_2013_2014UNO GRAD ACT Year 4 FY 2013-2014