Feature Image

Federal Requirement: 4.1

The institution evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission. Criteria may include: enrollment data; retention, graduation, course completion, and job placement rates; state licensing examinations; student portfolios; or other means of demonstrating achievement of goals. (Student achievement)

James Madison University evaluates success with respect to student achievement consistent with its mission to include educational attainment as reflected in retention, progression and graduation rates, active student engagement related to enlightened citizenship, and student achievement in professional and further educational pursuits [Mission].  

Degree Programs

View the list of degree programs offered at the university with the associated CIP code [Degree Programs].

Retention, Course Completion and Graduation 

JMU has an average six-year graduation rate of 80% or more. The target for this performance measure is 80%. JMU ranks very high when compared with other Carnegie Master's Institutions and Doctoral/Research Universities with more than 2,000 first-time freshmen. To maintain an average graduation rate of 80%, targets for retention of students after 1, 2 and 3 years are 91%, 85% and 83%, respectively. 

The following tables present the return rates for fall entering first year students from 2003 to the present, graduation rates for fall entering first year students from 2003-13, and the combination of retention and graduation of entering first year students from 2003-13. 

Table 4.1-1: Return Rates for Fall Entering Freshman Class

Cohort Year

Enrolled

Percent of Cohort Enrolled After

 (Retention Target)

1 Year

 (91%)

2 Years

(85%)

3 Years

(83%)

2003

3388

91.5%

85.7%

84.0%

2004

3285

90.9%

85.9%

84.3%

2005

3798

91.8%

86.0%

84.2%

2006

3748

90.8%

84.3%

83.2%

2007

3867

91.4%

86.2%

84.7%

2008

3957

91.7%

87.3%

84.9%

2009

3952

91.0%

86.5%

83.7%

2010

4001

91.3%

86.7%

83.5%

2011

4029

91.4%

87.2%

84.4%

2012

4325

92.3%

88.1%

85.4%

2013

4202

92.4%

87.6%

84.8%

2014

4364

91.0%

85.6%

2015

4408

91.2%

2016

4505

Table 4.1-2: Graduation Rates for Fall Entering Freshman Class

Cohort Year

Enrolled

Percent Graduated

4 Year

5 Years

6 Years

2003

3388

64%

79%

81%

2004

3285

67%

80%

82%

2005

3798

64%

79%

81%

2006

3748

62%

 78%

80%

2007 

3867

65%

80%

 81%

2008

3957

65%

80%

82%

2009

3952

66%

80%

83%

2010

4001

65%

80%

82%

2011

4029

66%

81%

2012

4325

67%

 This data indicates that JMU is meeting its targets for retention and graduation rates, consistently retaining and graduating 80% or more of each entering first year cohort within a six-year period. 

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.

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 do. The first-time pass rate target for the national exam is the national average. The reported pass rates, as shown in Table 4.1-4, indicate that graduates of the program are well prepared.

Table 4.1-4: Athletic Training

Year

Number of Program Graduates

Number of Graduates Sitting for Exam

First Time Takers

Pass

Repeat Takers

Pass

Total Number of Cohort Certified

National First Time Pass Rates 

2003-04

15

13

11 (85%)

 

11 (85%)

 

2004-05

12

12

11 (92%)

 

11 (92%)

 

2005-06

17

16

14 (88%)

2 (12%)

16 (100%)

 

2006-07*

15

15

4 (27%)

10 (67%)

14 (93%)

39.1%

2007-08

16

 16

12 (75%)

3 (19%)

15 (94%)

51.5%

2008-09

17

 17

15 (88%)

2 (12%)

17 (100%)

43.3%

2009-10

 16

 16

14 (88%)

2 (13%)

16 (100%)

54.6%

2010-11

 15

 15

15 (100%)

NA

15 (100%)

60.7%

2011-12

17

17

17 (100%)

NA

17 (100%)

82.3%

2012-13

17

17

17 (100%)

NA

17 (100%)

80.8%

2013-14

16

16

16 (100%)

NA

16 (100%)

82.8%

 *Exam format changed in 06-07

Audiology Program

Graduates of the audiology program (Au.D.) are required to complete a national exam, the ETS developed Praxis in Audiology. Pass rates and a comparison of JMU average scores to the national average, the identified target, are shown in Table 4.1-5 for graduates completing the Praxis. Beginning in 2013-14, the revised target for this measure is the pass rate of 170.

Table 4.1-5: Audiology

Year

Number Sitting for Exam

Number Passing/

Pass Rate

Average JMU Score

Average National Score

2003-04

11

11 (100%)

620

619

2004-05

2

2 (100%)

625

625

2005-06

9

9 (100%)

657

631

2006-07

5

5 (100%)

644

635

2007-08

6

6 (100%)

655

635

2008-09

6

6 (100%)

646

641

2009-10

7

7 (100%)

690

642

2010-11

3

3 (100%)

660

N/A

2011-12

6

6 (100%)

715

N/A

2012-13

6 6 (100%) 700 N/A

2013-14*

3 3 (100%) 185 N/A

*The test scoring changed so the numbers are actually going to look different for AUD in 2013-2014. The “pass” score for the new AUD Praxis is 170 of 200 possible points.

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 nursing program collects and reports pass rates for both groups. The pass rate benchmark set by the Nursing program for their graduates is 90%. This target reflects the high end of the national average, which ranges from 85-92%. The first-time takers pass rates for the B.S.N. and M.S.N.-N.P. programs are reported in Table 4.1-6. The results indicate strong and consistently high performance and success of graduates from the university’s Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) accredited programs.

Table 4.1-6: Nursing

Year

B.S.N

M.S.N.-N.P.

Pass Rate 

Pass Rate 

2006-07

95.7%

N=69

100%

N=6

2007-08

90%

N=60

100%

N=2

2008-09

91.4%

N=95

100%

N=6

2009-10

91.3%

 N=115

90%

N=10

2010-11

97.6%

 N=121

100%

N=8

2011-12

92.11%

N=114

92%

N=13

2012-13 88% N=119 93% N=20
2013-14 94% N=117 91% N=12
Occupational Therapy

Graduates of the occupational therapy program take the National Board of Certification in Occupational Therapy (NBCOT) certification exam. Recent national data from the NBCOT indicates that the national average first-time pass rate for test takers is 87%, compared to the JMU average of 94%. Table 4.1-7 shows these students are well prepared. 

Table 4.1-7: Occupational Therapy

Year

Number of Cohort

Graduates

First Time Takers Pass

(N; %)

Repeat Takers Pass (N;%)

Total Number of Cohort Certified

2003-04

17

15 (88.2%)

1 (5.9%)

16 ( 94%)

2004-05

22

20 (90.9%)

2 (9.1%)

22 (100%)

2005-06

17

16 (94.1%)

1 (5.9%)

17 (100%)

2006-07

21

21 (100%)

 

21 (100%)

2007-08

16

15 (93.75%)

1 (6.25%)

16 (100%)

2008-09

20

17 (85%)

3 (15%)

20 (100%)

2009-10

18

18 (100%)

0 (0%)

18 (100%)

2010-11

20

16 (80%)

4 (20%)

20 (100%)

2011-12

19

19 (100%)

0 (0%)

19 (100%)

2012-13 22 21 (100%) 0 (0%) *21 (95%)
2013-14 19 19 (100%) 0 (0%) 19 (100%)
2014-15 21 20 (95.2%) 1 (4.8%) 21 (100%)
2015-16 25 22 (88%) 3 (12%) 25 (100%)
2016-17 24 21 (87.5%) 3 (12.5%) 24 (100%)

*One graduate from 2012 cohort reported that she took exam and did not pass. This data is not reflected on site currently but may be reflected within the 2014 update.

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. Graduates of the program are well prepared, as demonstrated by their meeting or exceeding the target national pass rates in Table 4.1-8.

Table 4.1-8: Physician Assistant Program

Year

Number of Graduates

First Time Takers Pass

(N; %)

National Pass Rate 1st Time Takers

Repeat Takers

Pass (N; %)

Total Number of Cohort Certified

2003-04

13

11 (85%)

90%

2 (15%)

13 (100%)

2004-05

17

16 (94%)

91%

1 (6%)

17 (100%)

2005-06

18

16 (89%)

92%

2 (11%)

18 (100%)

2006-07

21

19 (90%)

93%

1 (100%)

21 (100%)

2007-08*

12 (11)

11 (100%)

94%

 0

11 (100%)

2008-09

22

20 (91%)

92%

2 (100%)

22 (100%)

2009-10

25

24 (96%)

 94%

1 (100%)

25 (100%)

2010-11

27

26 (96%)

91%

1 (100%) 

27 (100%)

2011-12

23

18 (78%)

93%

5 (100%)

23 (100%)

2012-13 24 23 (96%) 94% 1 (100%) 24 (100%)

* One graduate chose to never take the exam

Speech Language Pathology Program

Graduates of the speech language pathology program must take and pass the appropriate Praxis examination as a component of requirements 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 4.1-9. The results indicate that the graduates of this program are well prepared.

Table 4.1-9: Speech Language Pathology

Year

Number Sitting for Exam

Number Passing/

Pass Rate

Average JMU Score

Average National Score

2003-04

24

24 (100%)

692

639

2004-05

15

15 (100%)

712

648

2005-06

21

21 (100%)

710

655

2006-07

30

29 (97%)

716

657

2007-08

22

22 (100%)

744

666

2008-09

25

25 (100%)

728

669

2009-10

32

25 (100%)

730

 668

2010-11

27

25 (100%)

720

N/A

2011-12

28

28 (100%)

740

N/A

2012-13 32 32 (100%) 750 N/A
2013-14 26 26 (100%) 750 N/A
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 4.1-10 depicts Praxis 2 data for 2009-10 by licensure program as reported on the annual Title II report required by the Higher Education Act.  The target pass rate is 100%. 

Table 4.1-10: Teacher Education

2013-14

 

 

 

 

Teacher Preparation Program

Praxis 2 Test

Licensure Programs Completed

Takers

JMU % Pass

Early Childhood

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (through 6/30/2014)

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (starting 7/1/2014)

8

8

100%

Elementary Education

160

 160

 100%

English

English Language Literature & Composition Content Knowledge

24

24

100%

Inclusive Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education: Content Knowledge (through 6/30/2014)

Elementary Education: Multiple Subjects (starting 7/1/2014)

28

28

100%

Middle Education

Middle School English Language Arts

3

3

 100%

Middle School Mathematics

10

10

100%

Middle School Social Studies

2

2

 100%

Middle School Science

9

9

 100%

Mathematics

Mathematics: Content Knowledge

13

13

100%

History and Social Science

Social Studies: Content Knowledge

20

20

100%

Music Instrumental

Music Content Knowledge

20

28

100%

Music Vocal

8

8

 100%

Art

Art Content Knowledge

11

11

 100%

Foreign Language - French

French Content Knowledge

 1

 1

 100%

Foreign Language Spanish

Spanish Content Knowledge

3

3

100% 

Science - Biology

Biology Content Knowledge

3

3

100% 

Science - Chemistry

Chemistry Content Knowledge

2

2

100% 

Science - Physics

Physics Content Knowledge

2

2

100% 

Science - Earth Science

Earth Science Content Knowledge

3

3

100% 

Health and Physical Education

Health & PE: Content Knowledge

13

13

100%

Completers without Praxis 2 Requirements

Licensure Programs Completed

English as Second Language

 2

Special Education: Early Childhood

 3

Special Education: General Curriculum K12

 22

 

 

Summary Totals and Pass Rates

370 completers

343 Praxis II exam takers

100% pass rate

Back to Top