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Institutional Effectiveness

Retention Rate of First Year Students:

Entering in fall 2011 was 80%
Entering in fall 2010 was 82%
Entering in fall 2009 was 80%
Entering in fall 2008 was 78%
Entering in fall 2007 was 79%

Graduation Rates:

In compliance with Title I of the Student Right to Know Act, Mount St. Mary's University reports that those first-year students who: 

  • entered on a full-time basis during the fall 2007 and graduated by August 2013 achieved a six-year graduation rate of 66%.

  • entered on a full-time basis during the fall 2006 and graduated by August 2012 achieved a six-year graduation rate of 67%.

  • entered on a full-time basis during the fall 2005 and graduated by August 2011 achieved a six-year graduation rate of 76%.

  • entered on a full-time basis during the fall 2004 and graduated by August 2010 achieved a six-year graduation rate of 73%.  

The graduation rate of student athletes who received athletic-related aid and who:

  • entered in the fall of 2005 and graduated by August 2011 was 73%.

As of August 1, 2013:
Mount St. Mary's four-year graduation rate for the class of 2013 was 64%
The five-year graduation rate for the class of 2012 was 63%.

Middle States Progress Letter - Spring 2007
Progress Letter to Middle States Commission on Higher Education Spring 2007

Undergraduate Program Goals
Learning Outcomes Assessment
Cognitive Domain Chart

Institutional Effectiveness Plan

Mount St. Mary's University's Administration's Institutional Effectiveness Plan consists of annual and five year review documents.

"Institutional Effectiveness" can be understood in terms of the following question: “are we effectively fulfilling our University mission?” This question, in turn, requires us to address a series of questions:

  • Do we accomplish what we intend to accomplish?

  • What is the evidence to support our success?

  • How is our University improving based on our findings?

Five Year Review

Mount St. Mary’s University formally began the Institutional Effectiveness Five Year Review for administrative offices during the 2005-2006 academic year. The process of examining the on-going administrative operation has been refined and expanded since its inception. The Plan itself has undergone several revisions in order to increase its clarity to users. In 2008, an ad-hoc committee of eight members of the administration was established by the vice-presidents of academic and university affairs to broaden the outreach and understanding of the institutional effectiveness process. This committee also works to improve the review process.

Five Year Review Document
Form to assist in tracking goals & objectives

 Departments Undergoing Review in 2013-2014

  • Admissions

  • Career Center

  • Communications

  • Continuing Studies (Administrative functions)

  • Human Resources

  • Public Safety

Department Undergoing Review  2014-2015

  • Athletics

  • Campus Ministry

  • Center for Student Diversity

  • Development / Advancement Services

  • Physical Plant

Departments Undergoing Review in 2015-2016

  • Campus Activities

  • Finance Office

  • Office of Financial Aid

  • Information Technology

  • Learning Services

  • Office of the Registrar

Departments Undergoing Review in 2016-2017

  • Alumni Relations

  • The Grotto Office

  • Library

  • Purchasing & Receivin

  • Residence Life

  • Health Services

 Departments Undergoing Review in 2017-2018 

  • Annual Giving

  • Campus Recreation

  • Conferences & Special Programs

  • Counseling Services

  • Office of Institutional Research

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