Student Achievement

Student Achievement

The Pro Futuris strategic plan calls for Baylor “to be a place where academic excellence and life-changing experiences ignite leadership potential that increases our students’ desire for wisdom, understanding of calling, and preparation for service in a diverse and interconnected global society.” In May, 2014, the Baylor University Board of Regents adopted a set of Pro Futuris Five-Year Goals for 2014-2018. Among the goals were student achievement measures listed below with new targets for improving each area of student success by 2018. 

First-Year Retention Rate

A first-year to second-year retention rate is an indicator of students' successful adjustment to university life as they start on the path to achieving their educational goals. Over the last six years there has been a steady increase in the percent of freshman returning for their second year. The university surpassed its 89% Pro Futuris target in 2016 and 2017, but dipped slightly below in 2018. 

  Threshold Actual (2018) Target (2018) 6-Year Trend
2017 First-Year Cohort 88.2% 88.8% 89.0%

Graduation Rates

Graduation rates demonstrate the percentage of student that are able to complete their educational goals and to do so in a timely manner. Over the last five years, Baylor’s four-year graduation rate has been steadily increasing, from 54.0% in 2012 to 63.5% in 2018. Thus, for the past four years, Baylor exceeded the 2018 target goal of 59% as outlined by Pro Futuris.

Four-Year Graduation Rate
  Threshold Actual (2018) Target (2018) 6-Year Trend
2014 First-Year Cohort 54.0% 63.5% 59.0%

The six-year graduation rate has increased steadily over the last three years. In the final year of the Pro Futuris five year goals, the university surpassed the 77% target to record a 79% graduation rate in 2018. 

Six-Year Graduation Rate
  Threshold Actual (2018) Target (2018) 6-Year Trend
2012 First-Year Cohort 70.4% 79.0% 77.0%

Undergraduate Placement Rate

Undergraduate placement rates demonstrate the successful transition of graduates into their careers or graduate school. Baylor calculates its placement rate three months after graduation. Between 2012 and 2016, Baylor's placement rate increased dramatically from 66.13% to 86.49%. In 2017 and 2018, the results have shown a return to levels recorded in 2013 and 2014.

  Threshold Actual (2018) Target (2018) 6-Year Trend
2018 Placement Rate 77.50% 77.52% 90.00%

*Source: All retention, graduation, and placement rate data are from the Baylor University Office of Institutional Research and Testing. Threshold values are based on the minimum value recorded in the previous five academic years. 

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