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.

first time full time students fall 2011
full time transfer students fall 2011

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

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):

Comparison for National , South Carolina, and FMU percentages

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:

Chart for percentages of job placements

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

Chart for number of employers participating in career fairs