The Madison Plan Measures of Performance

To evaluate the progress on the university's 2014-2020 strategic plan, key measures were identified and targets were set. These measures will be tracked and data updated as the information becomes available. See highlights of selected strategic performance measures in the graphic below.

View the Madison plan key performance measures.

Mission: We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.

Vision: To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Values: Academic Quality, Community, Diversity, Excellence, Integrity and Student Focus

Fostering Academic Quality and Student Engagement
83% graduatino rate

Graduation Rate

JMU's Six-Year Graduation Rate has consistently exceeded 80% over the decade. In 2016, JMU boasted the third highest six-year graduation rate among Virginia four-year public institutions.

2020 Target: 80%

Source: Office of Institutional Research

16 to 1 student faculty ratio

Student-Faculty Ratio

The University has maintained a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio since 2009-10, even with enrollment increasing over 12% during that same period.

2020 Target: 16:1

Source: Office of Institutional Research

83% athlete graduation rate

Athlete Graduation Rate

Graduation rates for JMU athletes have met or exceeded the overall graduation rate, remaining steady at 83% in 2015-16.

2020 Target: 85%

Source: Office of Institutional Research

28% study abroad

Study Abroad

28% of JMU students studied abroad in 2015-16. It marks a 5% increase in study abroad participation since 2009-10.

2020 Target: 33%

Source: Office of Institutional Research

Growing Resources and Supporting Academics

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Instructional and Academic Support

JMU spends approximately 81.2 cents of every dollar designated for educational expenses on instruction and other forms of academic support.

2020 Target: 71.5 to 74%

Source: Office of Institutional Research

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The number of donors for JMU has risen from 13,367 in 2009 to 20,859 in 2015, an increase of 54% in 6 years.

2020 Target: 25,800

Source: University Advancement

Endowment chart showing growth to $81.9 million in 2015-16


JMU is committed to growing its endowment above 100 million dollars by 2020. The University's endowment has increased steadily from $40 million in 2009 to $81.9 million in 2015.

2020 Target: >$100 Million

Source: JMU Foundation

Improving Access, Opportunity and People Development

Light bulb with 30,500 written underneath

Learning Centers

Students visited JMU's Learning Centers over 30,000 times in 2015-16, up over 6,000 visits since 2014-15 and 2.5 times the number of visits in 2009-10.

2020 Target: Increase Annually

Source: JMU Learning Centers

Diversity chart showing growth to 21.9 percent in 2015-16


The population of new JMU students who identify as non-white has increased each of the past three years and has been above 20% of the new student population since 2014.

2020 Target: Increase Annually

Source: Office of Institutional Research

Undergraduate student debt chart with 2014-15 graduates averaging $24,884 and Virginia state average $29,267.

Undergraduate Student Debt

Graduates leave JMU with less debt, on average, than other undergraduate students in Virginia. In 2014-15, JMU graduates accumulated an average debt of $24,884 while the Virginia state average for undergraduate student debt was $29,267.

2020 Target: JMU debt less than VA debt

Source: Office of Institutional Research & SCHEV

Maintaining Consistently Strong Student Satisfaction

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Student Satisfaction

96% of continuing students surveyed in 2015-16 expressed satisfaction with JMU in general. This percentage has been consistently above 90% since 2009-10.

2020 Target: Continue Monitoring

Source: Office of Institutional Research

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Safety and Security

97% of students indicated on a Continuing Students Survey that they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with personal security/safety at JMU.

2020 Target: Continue Monitoring

Source: Office of Institutional Research

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89% of students, and 88% of faculty & staff, indicated on a 2015-16 Technology Survey that they were "very satisfied" or "satisfied" with JMU technology.

2020 Target: Continue Monitoring

Source: Dept. of Information Technology

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