Student Achievement & Success

The mission of Francis Marion University is to make available excellent educational programs for the people of the region and the state. Student achievement is a vital part of the mission of Francis Marion (FM), and to evaluate student success, the University uses student achievement data, including student retention and graduation rates, external program accreditation, pass rates on pre-licensure and licensure examinations, student and alumni satisfaction surveys, and where appropriate, job placement rates.

Evaluation of student achievement data supports the overall mission of the University, its priorities (as set forth in its strategic plan and annual accountability report), and its degree programs.

Graduation and Retention Rates

This table tracks the progress of freshman who entered in the Fall 2008 semester. The values indicate the percentage of students who have graduated from FM, or another institution, or are still enrolled at FM, or another institution by the Spring of each academic year listed in the table.

First-Time, Full-Time Students starting in Fall 2008

Description 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Bachelors degree from Francis Marion University 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 15.1% 31.9% 40.4%
Total Graduated from Francis Marion University 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 15.1% 31.9% 40.4%
 
Bachelors degree from another institution 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 3.0% 6.2% 8.2%
Associates degree from another institution 0.0% 0.1% 0.6% 2.5% 3.7% 4.3%
Total Graduated at another institution 0.0% 0.1% 0.7% 5.5% 9.9% 12.5%
 
Enrolled at Francis Marion University 98.2% 70.9% 58.2% 36.8% 15.0% 4.9%
 
Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0.0% 6.7% 9.5% 7.7% 5.5% 3.9%
Enrolled at another 2-year institution 0.4% 13.5% 16.2% 15.0% 10.5% 7.7%
Total Transferred and enrolled at another institution 0.4% 20.2% 25.7% 22.7% 16.0% 11.6%
 
Student Success & Progress (graduation + retention) 98.6% 91.2% 84.6% 80.1% 72.8% 69.4%

 

 

This table tracks the progress of transfer students who entered in the Fall 2008 semester. The values indicate the percentage of students who have graduated from FM, or another institution, or are still enrolled at FM, or another institution by the Spring of each academic year listed in the table.

Full-Time Transfer Students starting in Fall 2008

Description 2008-09 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13 2013-14
Bachelors degree from Francis Marion University 1.2% 10.8% 31.1% 45.8% 50.6% 52.2%
Associates degree from Francis Marion University 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Total Graduated from Francis Marion University 1.2% 10.8% 31.1% 45.8% 50.6% 52.2%
 
Bachelors degree from another institution 0.0% 0.4% 2.0% 4.4% 6.0% 6.4%
Associates degree from another institution 0.4% 0.8% 2.0% 3.2% 3.2% 3.2%
Total Graduated at another institution 0.4% 1.2% 4.0% 7.6% 9.2% 9.6%
 
Enrolled at Francis Marion University 95.6% 65.7% 35.5% 14.7% 5.6% 2.4%
 
Enrolled at another 4-year institution 0.4% 6.4% 8.4% 7.2% 4.8% 4.4%
Enrolled at another 2-year institution 0.4% 6.8% 7.2% 6.0% 3.2% 6.0%
Total Transferred and enrolled at another institution 0.8% 13.1% 15.5% 13.1% 8.0% 10.4%
 
Student Success & Progress (graduation + retention) 98.0% 90.8% 86.1% 81.2% 73.4% 74.6%

 

More information about retention and graduation rates may be found here.

State Licensing Examinations

Francis Marion's Office of Institutional Research collects data on completion of state licensing examinations. These data are presented annually in the Annual Accountability Report which is submitted to the Office of the State (SC) Budget and are as follows:

 

  • The School of Education submits Praxis reports for students who have completed the exam. An average of 85% of FMU’s education students who took the Praxis II test in during the 2012-2013 academic year had a passing grade. There was a 100% passing rate on the following sections:
     
    • Art: Content Knowledge
    • Elementary Education: Content Area Exercises
    • English Language Literary Composition: Essays
    • Math: Content Knowledge
    • Middle School: Language Arts
    • Middle School: Mathematics
    • Middle School: Science
    • Middle School: Social Studies

     

  • From 2009-2012 the pass rates of graduates from the Francis Marion Nursing Program on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX) have exceeded the national and state averages. The pass rate for the examination within two attempts has been 100%.

 

Annual Pass Rates for Graduates of Registered Nursing Programs on the National Council of State Boards of Nursing Licensing Exam (NCLEX):

Average 2009 2010 2011 2012
National 88.42% 87.42% 87.90% 90.34%
South Carolina 88.37% 89.53% 89.66% 93.37%
Francis Marion 94.12% 90.00% 93.33% 97.00%

 

Job Placement

Graduating seniors take a Senior Exit Survey (77.6% response rate) which includes a question concerning post-graduation employment. Twenty two percent of the students who graduated in December 2013 indicated that they had been offered full-time employment. This value is consistent with the rates for previous semesters and data collected by the Career Development Office.

In a 2007 survey of alumni who graduated during the 2003-04 academic year, the following percentages of alumni reported obtaining their first full-time employment within the indicated timeframe:

    Cumulative %
Prior to graduation 28.5% 28.5%
Less than 1 month after graduation 11.3% 39.8%
1-3 months after graduation 24.5% 64.3%
4-6 months after graduation 7.9% 72.2%
7-12 months after graduation 6.6% 78.8%
More than 12 months 4.6% 83.4%
Never sought employment 11.3% 94.7%
Have not obtained a full-time job 5.3%  

 

 

The high participation rate of regional employers in career fairs sponsored by the Career indicates that these employers find FM graduates to be qualified and motivated employees.

career fairs

Primary Accrediting Agencies

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