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Retention and Graduation 

SACSCOC Completion Indicator/IPEDS Graduation Rates

James Madison University uses its IPEDS Graduation Rate to monitor and evaluate student achievement. The IPEDS Traditional Overall Graduation Rate captures completion data for a first-time, full-time, degree-seeking freshman cohort for 150% standard time and was 82% for the 2019 (final release) reporting year.

The following tables present the return rates for fall entering first year students from 2016 to the present and the graduation rates for fall entering first year students from 2011-14. 

Table 1: Return Rates
Fall Cohort of First-time, Full-time Students
Goal 2016 2017 2018 2019
First to Second Year 90% 90.2% 90.4% 89.1% 89.1%

 

Table 2: Graduation Rates

Six-Year Rate

Goal

2011

2012

2013

2014

First-Time,
Full-Time
Students

82%

83% 84%

84%

82%

Under-represented
Students

82%

78% 79%

81%

78%

 

Licensure and Certification

Certain professional programs require graduates to take licensure or certification exams upon program completion. Information on pass rates and performance of JMU graduates of the athletic training, audiology, nursing, occupational therapy, physician assistant, speech language pathology and teacher education programs follows in the descriptions by program. Consistently across all program areas, graduates have strong, high performance indicative of academic success.

Accounting

Graduates of the Accounting program take the Certified Public Accountant (CPA) exam, one of the most challenging professional examinations at the national level. JMU's minimum target for the CPA exam is the national pass rate average, which compares our graduates to national peers. The aspirational target for the pass rate is 75% and was selected because JMU ranks among the 20 best programs nationally in first time pass rates for programs with 20 or more students registering for the CPA exam. Table 3 depicts the test results by accounting graduates of JMU’s Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accredited College of Business. The results are reported by the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) and are published on a calendar year basis. NASBA reporting does not correlate with specific graduation cohorts; students complete all four sections of the exam within an 18-month period.

Table 3: Accounting CPA Exam Pass Rates

 

Goal

2014

2015

2016 2017 2018
JMU Pass Rate

75%

72.7%

74.7%

70.6% 75.4% 80.6%
National Pass Rate 49.5% 48.4% 48.7% 48.3% N/A

 

Athletic Training Program

Graduates of the athletic training program are not required to take the national examination administered by the Board of Certification as part of the JMU program; however, most graduates do. The reported pass rates, as shown in Table 4, indicate that graduates of the program are well prepared.

Table 4: Athletic Training Exam Pass Rates

Goal

2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
% of Cohort Certified 100% 100% 100% 89% 100% 93%
National Pass Rate 83% N/A 89% 93% N/A

 

Audiology Program

Graduates of the Audiology program are not required to complete a national exam. Graduates who plan to pursue employment in the K-12 sector typically take the Praxis. Pass rates are shown in Table 5 for graduates completing the Praxis.

Table 5: Audiology Praxis Exam Pass Rates First-Time Test Takers

Cohort
Goal 2016 2017 2018 2019
100% 100% 100% 100% 100%

 

Nursing

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) program and the Nurse Practitioner (N.P.) concentration of the Masters of Science in Nursing (M.S.N.) program require certification and licensure for practice. B.S.N. graduates take the National Council Licensure EXamination-Registered Nurse (NCLEX-RN), and M.S.N.-N.P. graduates take the appropriate specialty exam through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners of the American Nurses Credentialing Center. The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) sets the expected pass rates for all certificate and/or licensure tests at 80%. JMU's minimum target is the national pass rate average (80%), which compares our graduates to national peers. The aspirational target for the pass rate is 90% and was selected to reflect our commitment to exceed the national norms. The first-time takers pass rates for the B.S.N. and M.S.N.-N.P. programs are reported in Table 6. The results indicate strong and consistently high performance and success of graduates from the university’s CCNE accredited programs.

Table 6: Nursing NCLEX Exam Pass Rates

Graduating Cohort
Goal 2016 2017 2018 2019
B.S.N. 90% 84.4% 94.7% 97.2% 96.4%
M.S.N. - N.P. 90% 100% 95% 90% 95%

 

Occupational Therapy

Graduates of the Occupational Therapy program take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. JMU's minimum target is the national pass rate average, which compares our graduates to national peers. The aspirational target for the pass rate is 83 and was selected because the national pass rate ranges from 81 to 82% over the last 4 years. Table 7 shows these students are well prepared. Note: Testing delays due to the pandemic may have reduced first time pass rate for the cohort who graduated in December 2019. Some students tested as late as summer and fall 2020. 

Table 7: Occupational Therapy Exam Pass Rates

Cohort
Goal 2016 2017 2018 2019
JMU Pass Rate 83% 87.5% N/A 82% 76%

 

 

Physician Assistant Program

Graduates of the physician assistant program take the Physician Assistant National Certifying Examination administered by the National Commission on Certification of Physician Assistants. JMU's minimum target is >90% pass rate for first-time test takers annually. The aspirational target for the pass rate is 100% and was selected because it compares our graduates to national peers. Graduates of the program are well prepared, as demonstrated in Table 9 by meeting or exceeding the target national pass rates.

 Table 9: Physician Assistant Exam Pass Rates for First-time Test Takers

Cohort
Goal 2016 2017 2018 2019
JMU Pass Rate 100% 97% 100% 93% 100%
National Pass Rate 96% 97% 98% 93%

 

 

Speech Language Pathology Program

Graduates of the Speech-Language Pathology program must take and pass the appropriate Praxis examination to successfully complete the graduate program. The pass rates for these graduates and comparisons of average JMU scores to national averages, which are the identified targets, are presented in Table 10. The results indicate that the graduates of this program are well prepared.

 Table 10: Speech Language Pathology Praxis Exam Pass Rates

Cohort
Goal 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
Residential Program 100% 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
Distance Program 100% 100% N/A 100% N/A 100%

 

 

Teacher Education

Successful completion of all approved and accredited teacher education programs at JMU and in the Commonwealth of Virginia (except Special Education and English as Second Language) require passing the appropriate Praxis 2 exam. Table 11 depicts Praxis 2 data for 2016-17 by licensure program as reported on the annual Title II report required by the Higher Education Act.  The target pass rate is 100%. 

Table 11: Teacher Education Preparation Exam Results

2016-17

 

 

 

 

Teacher Preparation Program(s)

Praxis Subject Assessment

N completing licensure program

Takers

JMU % Pass

Art

Art: Content Knowledge (5134)

10

10

100%

Biology

Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)

5

5

 

Chemistry

Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)

2

2

 

Earth and Space Science

Earth and Space Science: Content Knowledge (5571)

1

1

 

Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education and Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education: Mathematics (5003)

142

142

100%

Elementary Education: Science (5005)

142

142

100%

Elementary Education: Social Studies (5004)

142

142

100%

Elementary Education: Reading/Language Arts (5002)

142

142

100%

English

English Language: Content Knowledge (5038)

23

23

100%

French

French World Language (5174)

2

2

 

History and Social Science

Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081)

9

9

 

Math

Mathematics: Content Knowledge (5161)

12

11

92%*

Middle Education

Middle School English Language Arts (5047)

3

3

Middle School Mathematics (5169)

6

6

Middle School Social Studies (5089)

7

7

Middle School Science (0439)

4

4

Physical Health Education

Health and Physical Education: Content Knowledge (5856)

10

10

100%

Music Instrumental and Music Vocal

Music Content Knowledge (5113)

36

36

100%

Physics

Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)

1

1

 

Spanish

Spanish: World Language (5195)

4

4

 

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