Student Achievement Goals

Student Achievement Goals

Howard Payne University takes great pride in the achievements of its students, past and present. Testimonials of graduates and the enthusiastic large numbers of alumni who attend Homecoming and other events offered by Howard Payne University are in themselves strong indicators of the positive impact this University has on those who attend here. Howard Payne University regularly evaluates its success with respect to student achievement consistent with the University’s mission and strategic plan.

Howard Payne University has identified three student achievement goals with appropriate targeted criteria that are annually assessed and evaluated. The outcomes are reported annually.

Howard Payne University goals for success:

Goal 1: Students will successfully navigate the rigors of the academic environment from enrollment through graduation.

Target: Graduation rate of 40% of First-Time Full-Time students who graduated within 150% of “normal time” to completion for their program with an additional 15-20% persistence through graduation anticipated from students who transfer to other institutions.

Outcome: (1) Since 2015, HPU experienced six-year completion rates of First-Time Full-Time students who graduated within 150% of “normal time” averaging 35% with a 37% persistence through graduation from students who transfer-out to other institutions. The University reports retention, graduation, and outcome data to The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and publishes links to this data. Click here to view HPU’s IPEDS data on the National Center for Education Statistics website.

Outcome: (2) Since 2015, HPU experienced six-year completion rates averaging 50% of all First-Time Full-Time students. This data is submitted through the National Student Clearinghouse and reported by the Student Achievement Measure Project (SAM). Click here to view HPU’s page on the SAM website. IPEDS data is illustrated below by articulating various graduation rates for First-Time Full-Time students pursuing bachelor’s degrees, including visuals of male and female graduates as well as graduation rates by race/ethnicity beginning in Fall 2013 and Fall 2015 (Click to view larger image).

Click here to view HPU’s IPEDS data on the National Center for Education Statistics website. 

Goal 2: Students will demonstrate preparation to enter their chosen career/vocation.

Target: Greater than 55% of graduates will have had internship or vocational experiences as a part of their academic study.

Outcome: In 2021-2022, 71% of undergraduate graduating students participated in internships/mentorships or vocational experiences during their educational program.

  • Nursing – 
    • Target: 100% of students who graduate with a Bachelor of Science Nursing degree (BSN) will secure a professional position before graduation.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 100% of students who graduated with a BSN degree secured a professional position before graduation.

Goal 3: Students will develop an in-depth knowledge of their chosen field, leading to job placement or graduate studies.

The University uses multiple measures to assess achievement of goal three through 1) various content area exams (i.e., ETS Major Field Exams); 2) Comprehensive Business Exam; 3) Area Concentration Achievement Tests; and 4) Licensure/professional examinations.

Targets and Outcomes:

1) ETS Major Field Exams and other nationally standardized exams — Sample program results:

  • Biology –
    • Target: 40% of biology majors will rank at or above the national average on the Biology Major Field Test.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 75% of biology majors ranked at or above the national average on the Biology Major Field Test.
  • Computer Information Systems –
    • Target: 60% of CIS majors will score above the national average on the Information Systems Analyst (ISA) nationally standardized exam.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 33% of students scored above the national average (50%) with a score of 57% and above the 10-year CIS average with a score of 52.8%. The overall average for the 2021-2022 class was 44%.
    • Target: 60% of CIS majors will score above the national average on the “Systems Analysis and Design” critical thinking portion of the ISA nationally standardized exam.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 67% of students scored above the national average on the “Systems Analysis and Design” critical thinking portion of the ISA exam with an average score of 51%.

2) Comprehensive Business Exam (CBE) –Business Administration and Accounting:

  • Target: Students will score basic or higher and proficient or higher on the CBE Common Profession Components exam within 5% of the corresponding percentages for students from peer institutions
  • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 100% of students who took the CBE scored basic or higher or proficient or higher and were within 5% of the corresponding percentages for peer institution students.
  • Target: Students will have an average score on the Glo-bus simulation within 5% of the overall average for all students worldwide.
  • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 100% of students who took the Glo-bus simulation scored an average score within 5% of the overall average for all students worldwide.

3) Area Concentration Achievement Tests (ACAT) – Sample program results:

  • Criminal Justice –
    • Target: 85% of the criminal justice majors will score between 400-600 on the ACAT.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 86% of the criminal justice majors scored between 400-600 where 14% scored above the target of 600 on the ACAT.

4) Licensure or Certification Exams – Sample program results:

  • Teacher Education –
    • Target: 90% of students who take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam will experience a passing score (240) or above.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 100% of students passed the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Pedagogy and Professional Responsibilities (PPR) exam.
    • Target: 90% of students who take the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Educator Preparation Program (EPP) technical curriculum exam will experience a passing score (240) or above.
    • Outcome: In 2020-2021, 90% of students passed the Texas Examination of Educator Standards (TExES) Educator Preparation Program (EPP) technical curriculum exam.
  • Athletic Training –
    • Target: 90% of students who take the TDLR Texas Athletic Training Licensure will experience a passing score or above.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 100% of students taking the TDLR Texas Athletic Training Licensure passed all or a portion (jurisprudence) of the exam at the time of reporting.
  • Personal Training–
    • Target: 75% of students who take the American Council on Exercise (ACE) Personal Trainer certification exam will experience a passing score or above.
    • Outcome: In 2021-2022, 75% of students taking the ACE Personal Training Certifications exams experienced a passing score or above.

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