Goals and Student Achievements
Judson College is honored by the achievements of her students and the accolades that they have received. Testimonials of graduates and the enthusiastic support of alumnae who attend J-Day and other events on campus are in themselves strong indicators of the positive impact this College currently has and has had on those who remain part of the Judson family.
Judson College also regularly evaluates student success with respect to student achievement consistent with the College’s mission. Student achievement goals have been set, appropriate outcomes identified, and reported.
Judson College students will:
Goal 1: Be knowledgeable in their academic area and be informed and contributing members of their communities.
Objective: Judson College will achieve a graduation rate greater than 30% and a student retention rate greater than 50%.
Outcomes: Since 2011, the College has experienced a six-year completion rate that averages 36%, and the College’s retention rate is 60%.
Specifically, the six-year graduation rate for 2011, 2012, and 2013 was 32%, 35%, and 36% respectively. Additionally, these percentages are disaggregated by ethnicity.
This data is submitted through the National Student Clearinghouse. Additionally, the College reports retention, graduation, and outcome data to IPEDS and publishes links to this data. View Judson College’s IPEDS data on the National Center for Education Statistics here.
Goal 2: Think critically and communicate effectively.
Objective: More than 90% of graduates will have taken three Critical Thinking (CT) Designated Courses during their baccalaureate degree program at Judson College. More than 95% of students will participate in a CT Day event where they will showcase their ability to think critically and communicate effectively.
Outcomes: In 2020, at least 96% of students who graduated participated in three of more CT courses during their academic careers at Judson. 100% of students participated in at least one CT Day event during their academic career at Judson College.
Goal 3: Be persons of enduring faith and character who are eager to serve and to lead.
The College uses multiple measures to assess achievement of this goal, particularly as it relates to student ability to serve and lead in their chosen professions. These measures include the following: 1) through various academic content area exams (i.e., ACAT testing, FCAI testing); 2) the NCLEX for the Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN); 3) licensure/professional examinations in Teacher Education.
Objectives and Outcomes:
1) Area Concentration Tests – Sample program results from the Biology ACAT and Social Work FCAI:
- The goal that 70% of biology majors will rank at the 50th percentile or above on the Biology ACAT test. This goal was met in 2018 and 2019, with 3 students scoring in the 90th percentile or higher in 2019. The ACAT was not taken by students in 2020 due to COVID-19.
- Social Work
- The goal that 75% of social work majors will rank at the 50th percentile or above on the Social Work Education Assessment Project (SWEAP) Foundation Curriculum Assessment Instrument (FCAI). This goal was met in 2020.
- The Judson College BSW senior cohort average score on the SWEAP FCAI was 76.42% with a range of 66.04%-83.02%. SWEAP guidelines note that all students achieved competency by exceeding their benchmark of 50% on this instrument. The national score average is 61.1% so our students are quite well-prepared when compared to their peers.
2) National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-RN® exam)
The goal that the Nursing program’s most recent annual licensure examination (NCLEX-RN) pass rate will be at least 80% for all first-time test-takers during the same 12-month period.
- 2018 – 7/12 (58.3%) passed the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt (Jan–Dec 2018)
- 2019 – 9/9 (100%) passed the NCLEX-RN on the first attempt (Jan–Dec 2019)
3) Licensure or Certification Exams:
- Teacher Education
- The goal that 100% of teacher candidates will obtain passing scores on all three categories (applied mathematics, reading for information, and writing) of the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Exam before being admitted to the Educator Preparation Program. This goal was met in 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020.
- The goal that 100% of teacher candidates will obtain passing scores on the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) Praxis II content exam for the major prior to clinical practice/Block V. This goal was met in 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020.
- The goal that 100% of the three teacher candidates scheduled to complete clinical practice will obtain passing scores on the Alabama Educator Certification Assessment Program (AECAP) edTPA during clinical practice/Block V. This goal was met in 2017-2018, 2018-2019, and 2019-2020.