Student Achievement

Students at Graduation

In accordance with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Standard 8.1, “The institution identifies, evaluates, and publishes goals and outcomes for student achievement appropriate to the institution’s mission…,” Jacksonville State University has identified student achievement metrics, provided appropriate data, established thresholds of acceptability, and explained how each criterion relates to its mission. The student achievement measures identified by the University are:

  • Eight-Year Graduation Rate
  • First Year Retention Rate
  • Licensure and Certification Pass Rate
  • Developmental Education

Consistent with the mission of Jacksonville State University (JSU), a learning-centered institution, the University identifies student achievement goals, presents and evaluates data related to those goals, and publishes relevant results on online through this webpage and other means. JSU increasingly relies upon student achievement data to benchmark and holistically enhance student success in all aspects of the college experience. Each institutional division shares in the responsibility of student success and works independently and collectively to that end.

Jacksonville State University's Student Achievement webpage is maintained by the Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness and is updated each fall unless data are not available until later in the academic year. When this is the case, updates are made when data become available.

Graduation Rate: IPEDS 8-Year Outcomes

JSU selected the IPEDS 8-Year Outcomes as its completions indicator. This metric includes all first-time, full- and part-time freshmen and transfer students. Further, it represents a relatively standardized measure of JSU’s graduation rate at the undergraduate level as it is already measured and reported as required by IPEDS.

8 Year Graduation Rate by Cohort Year
*IPEDs Outcome Measures transitioned from a Fall only cohort during the 16-17 reporting year to a full-year cohort during the 17-18 reporting year and beyond

First- and Second-Year Retention Rate

The tables below show the first- and second-year retention rates of JSU first-time, full-time freshmen. The first-year retention rate is shown by IPEDS survey year. The second-year retention rate reflects the JSU Fall term cohort.

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Licensure & Certification Pass Rate

Students in the Teacher Education Program and in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Program must achieve initial licensure or certification in order to practice professionally upon graduation.

Teacher Education Program

In order to achieve initial certification in Alabama, prospective teachers must (a) earn a bachelor’s degree from an approved educator preparation program with a minimum Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.75, (b) pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Test (this requirement was discontinued by the Alabama State Board of Education effective August 13, 2020 and consequently by JSU at the same time), (c) pass the Praxis Subject Assessment, and (d) pass the national Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA). Data for those students completing the teacher education program are presented in the tables below.


Grade Point Average

Year

Minimum GPA

      Completers (n)

GPA (Mean) 

2020-21

2.75 

 214

3.67

2019-20

2.75

200

3.61

2018-19

2.75

171

3.54

2017-18

2.75

175

3.48

2016-17

2.75

164

3.43

2015-16

2.75

204

3.38

2014-15

2.5

146

3.41

Data Source: JSU Banner ARGOS Report JSH0023
Minimum GPA as required for unconditional admission to an undergraduate teacher education program and initial certification in Alabama


Praxis Subject Assessment Pass Rates

Year

Number Taking Assessment1

Number Passing Assessment2

Institutional

Pass Rate3

2020-21

 212

192 

91% 

2019-20

203

200

99%

2018-19

170

170

100%

2017-18

168

166

99%

2016-17

155

154

99%

2015-16

206

203

99%

2014-15

133

133

100%

Data Source: ETS Title II Reporting Services – HEOA Summary Institution-Level Pass Rate for JSU Traditional (Undergraduate) Teacher Preparation Program Completers
Note: In cases where there are less than ten students taking the assessment, the number passing and pass rate are not reported.
1 Number of completers taking one or more assessments within their area of specialization.
2 Summary level “Number Taking Assessment” may differ from assessment level “Number Taking Assessment” because each student is counted once at the summary level but may be counted in multiple assessments at the assessment level.
3 Institutional Pass Rate – Includes test retakes within given time frame


edTPA Pass Rates

Year 

Number Taking Assessment1

Number Passing 

Assessment2

Institutional  

Pass Rate3

2020-21

 83

 78

 94%

2019-20

203

200

99%

2018-19

176

174

99%

2017-18*

97

93

96%

2016-17

NA

NA

NA

2015-16

NA

NA

NA

2014-15

NA

NA

NA

Data Source(s): Pearson edTPA edReports ResultsAnalyzer® (JSU Test Summary Reports and Pass Rate Analysis Reports)
Note: Effective September 1, 2018, edTPA became consequential for initial certification in Alabama.
1 Number Taking Assessment – Number of individual students taking assessment during reported time frame
2 Number Passing Assessment – Includes test retakes within reported time frame
3 Institutional Pass Rate – Includes test retakes within given time frame


Bachelor of Science in Nursing

NCLEX Pass Rate

Year

Pass Rate

2021

89.09% 

2020

87.84%

2019*

94.90%

2017-2018

95.10%

2016-2017

91.90%

2015-2016

90.90%

2014-2015

81.70%

*The Alabama Board of Nursing transitioned from fiscal year reporting to calendar year reporting in 2019

Math and English Developmental Education

All entering freshmen are required to take JSU’s online math placement test. Entering freshmen without an acceptable English ACT score are also required to take JSU's online English placement test. Some exemptions, such as prior credit in a non-developmental math or English class, may apply. Students with test scores below the threshold for non-developmental placement have two options. They can enroll in the appropriate developmental course or they can participate in a free, self-paced, online, personalized study plan called EdReady that allows them to independently assess their specific content-area weaknesses and work through instructional modules to improve their knowledge and understanding in those specific areas. Upon achieving a satisfactory EdReady score, the student may then enroll in the appropriate credit-bearing math or English course without having to take the developmental class.


Developmental Math EdReady Pass and MS 100 Completion Rates

Math EdReady

MS 100 (Developmental Course)

Year

Enrolled (n)

Completion (n)

Completion (%)

Enroll (n)

Pass (n)

Pass (%)

2020-21

1070

894

84

228

51

22.4*

2019-20

1339

1181

88

169

63

37.3

2018-19

980

932

95

250

138

55.2

2017-18

1056

1008

95

383

244

63.7

2016 17

1248

1076

86

389

261

67.1

2015-16

NA

NA

NA

324

191

58.9

*COVID

Developmental English EdReady Pass and EH 100 Completion Rates

 

English EdReady

EH 100 (Developmental Course)

Year

Enrolled (n)

Completion (n)

Completion (%)

Enrolled (n)

Pass (n)

Pass (%)

2020-21

 267

 130

49 

147 

99

67.3* 

2019-20

348

162

47

156

125

80.1

2018-19

0

0

0

208

149

71.6

2017-18

0

0

0

215

141

65.6

2016-17

0

0

0

162

125

77.2

2015-16

0

0

0

296

191

64.5

*COVID