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 2016, 36.0% 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 2016-2017
Bachelor of Business Admin
(BBA)
Completion 2016-2017
Bachelor of Criminal Justice
(BCJ/eBCJ)
Completion 2016-2017
Human Resource Management
(HRM)
Completion 2016-2017
65.57% 65.57% 61.26% 45.26%

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
2000-2015 607 8911 1131 1047 11,696
2015-2016 8 412 165 73 658
2016-2017 16 513 203 77 809
Total 631 9,836 1,499 1,197 13,163


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 2016

Courses Passing Grade Completion Rate
Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences
Undergraduate 6551 5778 88.2%
Graduate 351 343 97.7%
College of Education
Undergraduate 456 399 87.5%
Graduate 324 297 91.7%
Harris College of Business
Undergraduate 3299 3128 94.8%
Graduate 357 349 97.8%
V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies
Undergraduate 1597 1402 87.8%
Graduate 70 63 90.0%

 

Spring 2017

Courses Passing Grade Completion Rate
Alabama Christian College of Arts and Sciences 
Undergraduate 4973 4453 89.5%
Graduate 290 280 96.6%
College of Education
Undergraduate 389 350 90%
Graduate 312 294 94.2%
Harris College of Biblical Studies
Undergraduate 3104 2962 95.4%
Graduate 343 324 94.5%
V.P. Black College of Biblical Studies
Undergraduate 1368 1220 89.2%
Graduate 62 54 87.1%

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 75%. In January 2016, the NALA testing scores were as follows:

Communications Ethics Judgment Legal Research Substantive Law
All Examinees PASS 178 145 90 159 159
FAIL 113 124 176 70 113
Pass% 61.2% 53.9% 33.8% 69.4% 58.5%
Categories of Eligibility Requirements
Graduates of Paralegal Schools –
all categories of schools
PASS 119 101 63 109 111
FAIL 76 80 120 45 75
Pass% 61.0% 55.8% 34.4% 70.7% 59.6%
Bachelor’s degree in any area of study
plus 1 yr experience or course work
PASS 38 28 19 33 31
FAIL 21 31 34 16 25
Pass% 64.4% 47.5% 35.8% 67.3% 55.4%
7 years experience PASS 19 14 8 15 16
FAIL 15 11 20 9 12
Pass% 55.9% 56.0% 28.6% 62.5% 57.1%
*Please note: New data will be released January 2018.

Teacher Education Program

Traditional Summary Pass Rates

Program Group Number Taking
Tests
Number Passing
Tests
Pass Rate
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2015-16
15 15 100
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2014-15
21 21 100
Faulkner University (1068) All program completers,
2013-14
17 17 100
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,
2015-16
11 11 100
Faulkner University – Alt (1068) All program completers,
2014-15
12 12 100
Faulkner University – Alt (1068) All program completers,
2013-14
7 7 100
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