Student Achievement

Lees-McRae College evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with the institution's mission. To demonstrate the achievement of goals, the College uses criteria such as job placement and retention, graduation, and licensure examination pass rates. 

Graduate School and Job Placement

Some Lees-McRae programs culminate in licensure examinations, while others are broad in scope and result in job placements in the general market or result in application to graduate school. The College’s expected threshold for overall job placement or graduate school acceptance within six months of graduation is 80%. Though Lees-McRae has consistently maintained an average placement rate above 80%, individual programs showed variance.

Graduate School and Job Placement Statistics

Licensure Examinations

Three of Lees-McRae's academic programs culminate in a licensure examination: Athletic Training, Teacher Education and Nursing. These programs publish the certification pass rates in accordance with standards from their specialized accreditor:

In conjunction with the Office of Academic Affairs, program coordinators for each respective program monitor licensure examination results. If the results fall below the standards set by each accrediting body, the program curriculum is reviewed and adjusted accordingly.

Retention and Graduation

The institution references the members of the Appalachian College Association (ACA) as comparative institutions when examining achievement data. The ACA is a non-profit consortium of 36 colleges and universities located in the central Appalachian region, comprised of private, four-year institutions similar in scope, location and size to Lees-McRae.

Retention

Lees-McRae College's expected threshold for student retention is the 50th percentile or above as compared to ACA members. The College has noted an increase in the fall-to-fall semester retention rate of first-time, first-year students for the last three years:

2015-2016: 58%
2014-2015:
63%
2013-2014: 66%

The Office of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness publishes retention rates annually in the College Factbook. In keeping with federal guidelines, online students (30% of total student body) and main campus transfer students are not included in retention rate calculations.

Graduation

Lees-McRae College's expected threshold for six-year graduation is the 40th percentile or above as compared to ACA members. The published six-year graduation rate of first-time, first-year students for the last three years is:

2016: 36%
2015:
 36%
2014: 38%

The College is dedicated to attaining an annual increase until the graduation rates reach the 40th percentile. The Office of Strategic Planning and Effectiveness publishes retention rates annually in the College Factbook. In keeping with federal guidelines, online and extended site students (30% of total student body) and main campus transfer students are not included in retention rate calculations.