Student Achievement

Retention by First-Time Full-Time Freshmen

Monitoring retention rates is important because students who return the second year are more likely to graduate. Student characteristics and behaviors, such as preparation for college, motivation and engagement, time spent studying, finances, work, and family obligations affect retention rates. Institutional characteristics also affect retention rates. Although institutions that enroll better-prepared students who are traditional freshmen and who live on campus have higher retention rates, institutions that make personal connections with students and have high levels of faculty involvement with students also retain students at higher rates (Source: USG).

GC GOAL: Increase retention of first year students - By FY15, Georgia College seeks to attain an 86% rate of retention of students from the first year into the second year, representing a 3-percentage point increase over current benchmark data.

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Degrees and Majors Conferred by Fiscal Year

The number of degrees awarded reflects an institution's productivity. Degree production and balance among different degree levels indicate the institution's complexity and vitality, as well as the institution's mission, purposes, and objectives (Source: USG). In this interactive report, users may view information regarding degrees granted in each discipline at each degree level (bachelors, masters, specialist, doctorate) by college (Health Sciences, Business, Arts & Sciences, and Education).

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Characteristics of Enrolled Students by Class

This interactive report contains descriptive profile information about undergraduate students enrolled by class (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior) and graduate students by degree level. Users can choose to view characteristics such as age, ethnic origin, gender, matriculation status, and residence status.

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Performance on External Examinations

GC tracks student achievement via performance on external examinations, including licensing and certification exams, administered for each respective college. Target pass rates are set for each area by the program, but most aim to exceed the national average.

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Graduation/Completion Rates by First-Time Full-Time Freshmen

Increasing graduation rates is one of Georgia College's strategic goals. Factors that affect graduation rates include the student's academic preparation for college, motivation and study habits, finances, work, interaction with faculty, amount of financial aid available, and degree of fit between the student and institution. The graduation rate is the proportion of students who enter as first-time, full-time, degree-seeking students in a given summer or fall who earn a degree within 150 percent of the nominal time needed to complete the degree (Source: USG).

GC GOAL: Increase graduation rates - By FY15, Georgia College seeks to achieve a 6-year graduation rate of 62%, approximately 7 percentage points higher than current benchmark data.

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Degrees and Majors Conferred by Degree Level

This interactive report contains information regarding degrees conferred by level (bachelors, masters, specialist, doctorate) with additional characteristics including classification of instructional programs (CIP) and breakdown by race/ethnicity.

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Characteristics of First-Time Freshmen

This interactive report contains descriptive profile information of students entering GC as first-time freshmen. The user can choose to view characteristics including race and ethnic origin, gender, age, high school GPA, and SAT scores.

GC GOAL: By FY15, Georgia College seeks to increase enrollment of students from traditionally underserved populations by 3% over current benchmark data.

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