Section VI: COC Federal Requirements
4.1 When evaluating success with respect to student achievement in relation to the institution's mission, the institution includes, as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing examinations, and job placement rates.
JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
NARRATIVE/JUSTIFICATION FOR JUDGMENT OF COMPLIANCE
When evaluating success with respect to student achievement in
relation to the University's mission, the institution includes,
as appropriate, consideration of course completion, state licensing
examinations, and job placement rates.
In accordance with this mission, the University monitors the performance of its students on external assessment instruments such as licensing examinations and uses this information to improve the quality of its academic programs. The assessment process begins as the new degree program is being designed. In accordance with criteria established by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB), all public universities in Texas must certify that proposed degree programs are consistent with the “standards of …applicable accrediting agencies, and [are] in compliance with appropriate licensing authority requirements.” (THECB, Certification for Approval of Degree Programs (4)) Standards for the approval of new degree programs also require that the programs be responsive to current job-market needs of graduates, as appropriate. In addition, when requesting approval for new degree programs, the university must provide information on the pass rate of its students on state-mandated teacher certification examinations, regardless of whether the proposed degree program focuses on teacher preparation.
The University employs a variety of measures to evaluate student achievement, including course and program completion, performance on state certifying examinations, and job placement. Data on course and program completion, along with related performance measures, are reported annually to the Texas Legislative Budget Board (LBB) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Selected performance measures are recorded in the chart below:
TEXAS A&M INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Six year graduation data are not available prior to FY 2001 because freshman and sophomore students were not admitted prior to Fall 1995. The percentage of six year program completers is linked to the high minority, underserved student population and the high percentage of students who are first generation college graduates. Because most students at the University have work and family responsibilities, the time needed for program completion often exceeds six years. Another measure of course completion documented on the LBB table is the percent of semester credit hours completed, averaging 92% for the years 2001-2003.(Office of Institutional Research, Performance Measures)
State Licensing Examinations
The College of Education is in a similar situation with regard to the performance of its students on the teacher preparation exam, the Texas Examination of Education Standards (TExES). University students who wish to become certified as teachers must pass all examinations required by the State Board for Educator Certification in order to receive their certificate to teach in Texas. The University’s teacher preparation programs are in turn evaluated by the success rate of its students on the examinations.
The primary state licensing examinations for the University graduates are in the areas of education and nursing. The Examination for the Certification of Educators in Texas (ExCET) pass rate for the past three years is 66, 72.1, and 87% respectively, as reported by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC). (SBEC Results/Analysis) The NCLEX-RN exam first time pass rate for spring graduates in the first three years of the generic program was 100%, 92%, and 93% (2002-2004). The annual pass rates for 2002-2003 were 95% and 86%. (Board of Nurse Examiners (NCLEX-RN) Statewide Results) The data for both education and nursing meet or exceed the state requirements for accreditation. Detailed results used for program outcome evaluation are recorded in the table below: (Assessment Reports)
Job Placement Rates
The Office of Career Services, in conjunction with the Registrar's Office and the Office of Institutional Research, administers a survey to each graduating class to determine job placement status and salary. This information is maintained at the Office of Career Services.
The most recent survey, May 2004, had a return rate of 68%. Of these respondents, 75% were employed with a salary between $30,000 and $45,000 per year. Employer categories identified by the respondents included: