Student Achievement

Faulkner University monitors student achievement with multiple performance measures. These measures include retention and graduation rates, degree productivity, course completion rates, licensure and certification rates, and the acquisition of essential skills desired by employers. Included below is a summary of these performance measurements to date:

Retention & Graduation Rates

Faulkner University proudly serves a very diverse student population including undergraduate traditional students, executive and professional students, and graduate students. Faulkner measures retention and graduation rates in each of these various student groups.  Faulkner measures the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall semester. Faulkner students who have already attended another post-secondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. In 2014, 34.9% of entering students were counted as first-time students. Information reported to the US Department of Education related to the retention and graduation rate for this particular student cohort is available by visiting http://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?q=faulkner+university&s=all&id=101189#retgrad.

Faulkner University also measures the retention and completion rates for student groups other than the “full-time, first-time” students. More information about retention rates for various other sub-populations can be found below.

Retention and Completion Rates

All Traditional Students
Retention 2014-2015
Bachelor of Business Admin
(BBA)
Completion 2014-2015
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
(BCJ/eBCJ)
Completion 2014-2015
Human Resource Management
(HRM)
Completion 2014-2015
65.3% 80.7% 70.9% 59.2%

Degree Productivity

Faulkner University also monitors the ratio of graduates to overall enrollment each year. According to the National Center for Higher Education Management Systems (NCHEMS), the most current data (2009) reveal the state average for Alabama is 18.1 degrees per 100 full time equivalent students (FTE), while the national average is 20.8 per 100 FTE. For more information see:

http://www.higheredinfo.org/dbrowser/index.php?measure=137

Faulkner University’s degree productivity data are below, including the total number of degrees awarded since 2000 and more specific information for the last two academic years. For comparison purposes, during the 2009 – 2010 academic year, Faulkner’s ratio of degrees awarded per 100 FTE was 26.8, exceeding both the state and national averages cited by NCHEMS.

This ratio demonstrates that Faulkner University is successful in graduating relatively large numbers of students each year in relation to the size of the total number of FTE students within the student body.

Total Degrees Awarded

Award Year Associate Bachelor Graduate Professional Total
2000-2013 575 7890 949 872 10286
2013-2014 11 508 81 80 680
2014-2015 21 513 101 95 730
Total 607 8911 1131 1047 11696


Course Completion

Faulkner University also measures student achievement each semester in terms of passing grades awarded by each college within the institution. Assessment of student progress toward successful course completion is conducted within individual courses. Each student is evaluated using course-specific exams or other assessments to determine acquisition of specific skills and knowledge. Using the Federal Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress standard of a minimum of 67% completion of all courses attempted, cumulatively, Faulkner strives to exceed that very minimum standard of course completion for its overall student body each semester. Measuring course completion rates across all colleges each semester provides a continual monitoring of overall student achievement in order to identify any signification deficiency in any one particular college, program, or course.

Course Completion Data

Fall 2014

Courses Passing Grade Completion Rate
Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate 7778 6310 81.1%
Graduate 540 497 92.0%
College of Education
Undergraduate 239 219 91.6%
Graduate 73 69 94.5%
Harris College of Business
Undergraduate 3116 2963 95.1%
Graduate 227 194 85.5%
V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies
Undergraduate 1651 1430 86.6%
Graduate 65 59 90.8%

 

Spring 2015

Courses Passing Grade Completion Rate
Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences 
Undergraduate 6044 5110 84.5%
Graduate 507 480 94.7%
College of Education
Undergraduate 180 163 90.1%
Graduate 78 75 96.2%
Harris College of Biblical Studies
Undergraduate 2974 2774 93.3%
Graduate 280 253 90.4%
V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies
Undergraduate 1448 1270 87.7%
Graduate 64 59 92.2%

Licensure and Certification 

Faulkner University measures student achievement by the success of students in achieving national or state licensure or certification. The following programs track student licensure or certification exam passage rates as a measure of student achievement.

Jones School of Law Bar Passage Rates 

Jones School of Law provides annual bar passage rates as part the American Bar Association Required Disclosures. Data are accessible here: https://www.faulkner.edu/law/about-faulkner-law/aba-required-disclosures/

Legal Studies Program Certified Legal Assistant Examination 

Graduates of Faulkner University’s Legal Studies Program take the Certified Legal Assistant Examination administered by the National Association of Legal Assistants. Currently, Faulkner’s pass rate is 73%. In January 2015, the NALA testing scores were as follows:

Communications Ethics Judgment Legal Research Substantive Law
All Examinees PASS 146 154 162 169 154
FAIL 119 83 127 75 131
Pass% 55.1% 65.0% 56.1% 69.3% 54.0%
Categories of Eligibility Requirements
Graduates of Paralegal Schools –
all categories of schools
PASS 91 93 98 109 97
FAIL 88 60 79 52 88
Pass% 97% 64.50% 80.60% 47.70% 90.70%
Bachelor’s degree in any area of study
plus 1 yr experience or course work
PASS 42 47 46 43 41
FAIL 21 17 29 15 25
Pass% 66.7% 73.4% 61.3% 74.1% 62.1%
7 years experience PASS 13 12 17 13 14
FAIL 9 6 18 8 17
Pass% 59.1% 66.7% 48.6% 61.9% 45.2%

Teacher Education Program

Traditional Summary Pass Rates

Program Group Number Taking
Tests
Number Passing
Tests
Pass Rate
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2012-13
17 17 100
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2011-12
17 17 100
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2010-11
17 17 100
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2009-10
16 16 100

https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Report/PrintSection.aspx?Year=2013&StateID=01&Section=130520

Alternative, IHE-based Summary Pass Rates

Program Group Number Taking
Tests
Number Passing
Tests
Pass Rate
Faulkner University – Alt (1068) All program completers,
2012-13
7 7 100
Faulkner University – Alt (1068) All program completers,
2011-12
14 14 100
Faulkner University – Alt (1068) All program completers,
2010-11
17 17 100
Faulkner University – Alt (1068) All program completers,
2009-10
13 13 100

https://title2.ed.gov/Public/Report/PrintSection.aspx?Year=2013&StateID=01&Section=130540

For further information please contact
Faulkner University’s College of Education
By mail: 5345 Atlanta Highway Montgomery, AL 36109
By phone: 334-386-7106

2015 Employer Skills Benchmark Study

Faulkner University recognizes that stakeholders in higher education expect that college degrees will lead to gainful employment after graduation. The 2015 Employer Skills Benchmark Study (Project CEO 2015) helps institutions determine how aware students are of their achievements in acquiring the skills and capabilities most desired by employers. The survey uses the top ten skills identified by the National Association of Colleges and Employers in their annual survey of employers about what skills they most desire in a college graduate. In reviewing the outcomes of the Employer Skills Benchmark Study each year, it is expected that Faulkner University student responses will indicate an acquisition of the knowledge and skills deemed necessary by employers at an equal or greater percentage than those reported by students at peer institutions.

View results of the most recent Employer Skills Benchmark Study.