Student Achievement

 

Elizabeth City State University evaluates the achievement of its students in relation to its mission. Elizabeth City State University (ECSU) is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina (UNC), offering baccalaureate and master’s degree programs for a diverse student body. ECSU’s mission is to promote economic, social, and environmental progress for the people of northeastern North Carolina, the State, and the Nation. ECSU seeks to provide access to opportunity for students to succeed. The university enrolls students who are committed to their success and to life-long learning, in the areas of liberal arts, education, business, social and behavioral sciences, visual and performing arts, and STEM. Consistent with its mission, ECSU evaluates student achievement by analyzing enrollment data, retention, course completion, and graduation data.

ECSU is committed to admitting students from northeastern North Carolina, the State, and Nation providing them with educational experiences and degrees that will give them the tools needed to become active and productive citizens. ECSU seeks to enroll students who would not otherwise attend college, without regard to social and economic status, race, gender, ethnicity, or religion.

ECSU uses a number of indicators to evaluate the achievement of its students including retention rates, graduation rates, course completion rates, and post-graduation job placement and graduate school status.

 

Course Completion Data

A vital part of ECSU’s preparation of students and student retention is course completion. General Studies and all academic programs review course completion data each semester, and these data are factored in as a part of continuous improvement on the course level as well as in academic program assessment. Successful course completion on the undergraduate level could be an earned A, B, or C, depending on the course, the level of the course, and whether or not it is an elective or a major course. The table below represents course completion grades of A, B, C, and D. Course completion rates at ECSU have maintained an average of 87% over an eight semester period.

  Fall 12 Spring 13 Fall 13 Spring 14 Fall 14 Spring 15 Fall 15 Spring 16

100-200 Course Levels

85% 85% 89% 86% 89% 85% 86% 83%

300-400 Course Levels

90% 91% 92% 92% 93% 89% 91% 90%

500-600 Course Levels

94% 97% 98% 97% 98% 89% 87% 81%

Overall

87% 87% 90% 89% 90% 88% 89% 87%


Retention Rates

Retention (freshman to sophomore) is documented in the chart below. Retaining students to graduation is a key goal at ECSU. The table below documents a retention rate. ECSU has averaged a 73.4% retention rate.

   

Number of Years After Entry

Year of Entry

Number of Freshmen 1 2 3 4 5 6

2005

556 72.3 63.7 55.4 31.8 10.6 3.2

2006

534 79.4 63.5 58.1 37.3 12.4 4.1

2007

644 76.7 61.8 54.8 27 7.8 3.1

2008

636 76.3 58.6 52.8 31.9 11.8 2.8

2009

660 73.6 56.1 47.7 26.4 5.9 0.9

2010

576 77.3 58.2 47.9 24.8 5.7 .

2011

387 79.1 55.6 49.1 19.9 . .

2012

523 72.5 56 49.1 . . .

2013

322 68.3 53.4 . . . .

2014

204 73.5 . . . . .

2015

268 67.8 . . . . .

  

Graduation Rates

The calculation of graduation rates at ECSU is based on criteria set by the UNC system.  These criteria are based on a cohort of first-time freshmen continuously enrolled until graduation and do not include transfer students or returning students. The table below documents the graduations rates for up to six years.

   

Number of Years After Entry

Year of Entry

Number of Freshmen 1 2 3 4 5 6

2005

556 0 0 0 17.8 38.1 43.7

2006

534 0 0 0 16.9 36.3 42.7

2007

644 0 0 0 21.4 37.7 41.5

2008

636 0 0 0 14.9 31.8 39.2

2009

660 0 0 0.2 16.1 33.6 38.8

2010

576 0 0 0.3 16.3 33.3 37.1

2011

387 0 0 0.5 22.7 33.6 .

2012

523 0 0 1.1 20.3 . .

2013

322 0 0 . . . .

2014

204 0 0 . . . .

2015

268 0 . . . . .

  

University Survey of Graduates

Every three years, Elizabeth City State University administers a Graduating Senior Survey. The 2013 graduating senior survey results indicated that 20% of graduating students had accepted a paid job, and 11% of students indicated their acceptance to graduate school. Based on these results, Elizabeth City State University took several courses of action to improve graduate job placement and graduate school acceptance. Providing students with more directed, organized, and frequent opportunities to explore ways in which their majors might apply in the workplace or in continued education proved effective, as the 2016 Graduating Senior survey results indicated. In 2016, ECSU again saw 20% of graduating students had accepted a paid job; however, 29% of students now indicated their acceptance to graduate school, an 18% increase over the 2013 data which indicates positive results from an institutional focus on graduate school.

 

Follow-Up/Alumni Surveys of ECSU Graduates

In conjunction with the University of North Carolina General Administration, every three years ECSU administers a university-wide survey of its alumni to gauge their perception of their academic preparation. The most recent survey, conducted in 2015, revealed that 89% of ECSU alumni were satisfied with the education they received from ECSU.  In addition, 93% of alumni indicated that their time at ECSU enhanced their critical thinking skills. Ninety percent of alumni stated that ECSU improved their communication skills, a skill they found essential to be successful in their current career.  Alumni emphasized the benefit of student-faculty interaction at ECSU because of its small class size.  In terms of the impact of ECSU faculty on student career success, 96% of alumni respondents reported that they had at least one professor at ECSU who made them excited about learning which enabled them to reach their goal. The ECSU alumni survey found that, one year following graduation, 59% of alumni were employed full-time, 13% were employed part-time, 15% were in graduate school, and 13% were seeking employment.