Student Achievement

Federal Disclosure Requirements

 

The Higher Education Opportunity Act was signed into law in 2008 by President Bush. The law was designed in part to help students and families make better-informed decisions about higher education. This webpage contains information on student achievement and post-graduation employment as required by the law.

 

For more information about the Higher Education Opportunity Act, please refer to the U.S. Department of Education Website.

 

In the spirit of the institution’s educational mission, Gardner-Webb University monitors and evaluates student success through a variety of measures, including enrollment data, retention data, graduation data, job placement rates, and state licensing examination pass rates for applicable majors.

 

Job Placement Rates/Furthering Education Rates

With the cooperation of our graduates, the University employs a variety of tools to track student achievement beyond graduation.

 

Data collected in 2013-14 indicates that 79%† of our graduates for all programs and educational levels are working full-time and 14%‡ of our graduates are working part-time. From the 93% employed, about 14% of the graduates are continuing their education. Of the graduates not employed, about 5% are continuing their education. The total percentage of students furthering their education is approximately 19%‡‡. In summary, 98% of the graduates who responded to the recent survey are either employed, furthering their education, or doing both. Further information regarding career services can be found using the following link: http://www.gardner-webb.edu/student-life/student-services/career-development/index.


Recent Graduate Survey Results

VARIABLES*PERCENTAGES*
Employed Full-Time (not furthering education)†71.5%
Employed Part-Time (not furthering education)‡7.9%
Furthering Education/Employed (Full-Time =7.9%†; Part-Time =5.9%‡)‡‡13.8%
Furthering Education/Not Employed‡‡4.7%
Not Employed nor Furthering Education2.1%
*Variables are condensed from original survey and percentages are rounded; †indicates that full-time employment is calculated in two categories; ‡ indicates that part-time employment is calculated in two categories; ‡‡ indicates that furthering education is calculated in two categories.

Recent Graduates Pie ChartNot represented in the chart is the complete 18.5%‡‡ of the graduates furthering their education, this is so the chart equals 100%.


Licensing Examinations

There are four programs at Gardner-Webb University that have licensing examinations as part of the curriculum or career field: Nursing, Athletic Training, Education, and the new Physician Assistant Program. The Physician Assistant Program will graduate their first class in the Spring of 2016 and consequently have no licensing information available at this time.


The Athletic Training program, a professional undergraduate program, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). During the 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years Athletic Training students have recorded an impressive 100% pass rate. Further information on the AT program can be found using the following link: http://www.gardner-webb.edu/academics/areas-of-study/preventive-and-rehabilitative-health-sciences/index.


The School of Education is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP; formerly NCATE). CAEP is a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Educational Testing Service reports that Gardner-Webb University has a 100% pass rate for initially-licensed completers for the 2012-2013 academic year. Further information on the School of Education can be found using the following link: http://www.gardner-webb.edu/academics/areas-of-study/education/index.


The Hunt School of Nursing at Gardner-Webb University offers comprehensive nursing programs and is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Gardner-Webb Nursing graduates take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing NCLEX examination for licensure. The pass rate for the traditional Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) for 2014 was 92%; this was the first traditional BSN group to take boards. The Associate Degree in Nursing Program (ADN) pass rate for 2014 is 93%. Further information on the School of Nursing can be found using the following link: http://www.gardner-webb.edu/academics/areas-of-study/nursing/index.


Retention Rates/Graduation Rates

The University monitors retention and graduation rates. The rates are annually reported to the Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and to the State of North Carolina through The North Carolina Higher Education Data System (NCHED). The current retention rate for first-time full-time students from freshmen to sophomore year is 74% (2013). The current 6-year graduation rate for the first-time full-time student cohort is 52%.


Retention Rates Based on First-time First-Year Student Cohorts
Cohort YearFall-to-Spring Return RateFall-to-Fall Return Rate
200689.68%70.52%
200788.81%74.76%
200889.24%72.65%
200988.44%73.11%
201087.90%65.39%
201189.59%66.59%
201288.87%71.66%
201391.71%73.73%

Graduation Rates Based on First-time First-Year Student Cohorts
Cohort Year6 Year Graduation Rate
200554.79%
200648.40%
200757.38%
200852.24%

Detailed charts and graphs related to retention and graduation rates are available in the institution’s most current Fact Book http://www.gardner-webb.edu/information/departments/institutional-research/fact-books/index.

Student Achievement

Federal Disclosure Requirements

 

The Higher Education Opportunity Act was signed into law in 2008 by President Bush. The law was designed in part to help students and families make better-informed decisions about higher education. This webpage contains information on student achievement and post-graduation employment as required by the law.

 

For more information about the Higher Education Opportunity Act, please refer to the U.S. Department of Education Website.

 

In the spirit of the institution’s educational mission, Gardner-Webb University monitors and evaluates student success through a variety of measures, including enrollment data, retention data, graduation data, job placement rates, and state licensing examination pass rates for applicable majors.

 

Job Placement Rates/Furthering Education Rates

With the cooperation of our graduates, the University employs a variety of tools to track student achievement beyond graduation.

Please reference the tables below that summarize the responses of our one-, three- and five-year-out Traditional Undergraduate Program graduates.


Five-Year-Out Survey Results


Three-Year-Out Survey Results


One-Year-Out Survey Results


Licensing Examinations

There are four programs at Gardner-Webb University that have licensing examinations as part of the curriculum or career field: Nursing, Athletic Training, Education, and the Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Physician Assistant Studies Program graduated their first class in the Spring of 2016.

The Athletic Training program, a professional undergraduate program, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). During the 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years Athletic Training students have recorded an impressive 100% pass rate. Further information on the AT program can be found online.

The School of Education is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP; formerly NCATE). CAEP is a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Educational Testing Service reports that Gardner-Webb University has a 100% pass rate for initially-licensed completers for the 2012-2013 academic year. Click here for more information about the School of Education.

The Hunt School of Nursing at Gardner-Webb University offers comprehensive nursing programs and is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Gardner-Webb Nursing graduates take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination for licensure. The first time pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the Associate Degree Program (ADN) is 90% average for past three years. The first time pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is 100% average for past three years. Click here for more information about the School of Nursing.

 

Retention Rates/Graduation Rates

The University monitors retention and graduation rates. The rates are annually reported to the Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and to the State of North Carolina through The North Carolina Higher Education Data System (NCHED). The current retention rate for first-time full-time students from freshmen to sophomore year is 74% (2013). The current 6-year graduation rate for the first-time full-time student cohort is 52%.

Retention Rates Based on First-time First-Year Student Cohorts
Cohort YearFall-to-Spring Return RateFall-to-Fall Return Rate
200689.68%70.52%
200788.81%74.76%
200889.24%72.65%
200988.44%73.11%
201087.90%65.39%
201189.59%66.59%
201288.87%71.66%
201391.71%73.73%
201488.9%72.7%
201588.9%67.2%
Graduation Rates Based on First-time First-Year Student Cohorts
Cohort Year6 Year Graduation Rate
200554.79%
200648.40%
200757.38%
200852.24%
200951.6%
201044.6%

Detailed charts and graphs related to retention and graduation rates are available in the institution’s most current Fact Book.