Student Achievement

The University of Miami evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. The University uses many criteria to evaluate student achievement including student success, student satisfaction, and post-graduation outcomes. 


Student Success

Retention Rate

The University utilizes the federal retention rate as a measure of student success because it indicates the degree to which entering first-year students are successful in transitioning from high school to the University by completing their first year and returning for their second year. As shown in the table below, the University has averaged a retention rate of 91.8% over the last five years. The University's strategic planning goal is to increase the retention rate by 2025.

   2014 Cohort  2015 Cohort  2016 Cohort 2017 Cohort 2018 Cohort 5-Year Average

 Retention Rate

 92.1%

 90.8%

 90.9%

92.4%

92.8%

91.8% 

 

Graduation Rate

The University utilizes the federal six-year graduation rate as a measure of student success because it indicates the degree to which entering first-year students are successful in achieving their educational goals at the University by attaining a bachelor's degree. As shown in the table below, the University has averaged a six-year graduation of 81.9% over the last five years. The University's strategic planning goal is to increase the 6-year graduation rate by 2025.

   2009 Cohort  2010 Cohort 2011 Cohort 2012 Cohort 2013 Cohort 5-Year Average
 4-Year Graduation Rate 68.2%  69.6%  72.4% 69.8% 72.8% 70.6%
 5-Year Graduation Rate  79.5%  80.3%  82.4% 80.4% 81.5% 80.8%
 6-Year Graduation Rate 81.6%  81.7% 83.7% 81.5% 83.0% 82.3%

 

Breakouts of graduation rates by gender, race/ethnicity, and financial aid status are available on the Institutional Research and Strategic Analytics website.

 

Post-Graduation Outcomes

The University also measures student achievement in terms of how successful students are in fulfilling their post-graduation plans. Post-graduation outcomes include graduate school and employment.

Graduate School and Employment Outcomes

The Toppel Career Center collects data on students' post-graduation plans each year and publishes the  career outcomes on its website. The University's goal is that the majority of its graduate will be successful in fulfilling their post-graduation plans. The data on the Class of 2019 demonstrate that students are successful in achieving post-graduation outcomes: 89% of students had secured post-graduate plans within six months of graduation. Of these, 58% has a full-time job; 34% were in graduate school; 7% were working part-time; and 1% were pursing other opportunities such as military or full-time volunteer experiences.

 

Student Satisfaction

Another way in which the University measures success in relation to student achievement is student satisfaction with their educational experience. The University's goal is that the majority of students will be satisfied with their UM education.

The data are gathered from the Toppel Career Center's exit survey as well. The Class of 2019 data deomonstrate that 92% of students were satisfied with their UM education, 82% were satisfied with their major, and 91% felt more confident than when they started at UM.

 

 

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