The Higher Education Opportunity Act was signed into law in 2008 by President Bush. The law was designed in part to help students and families make better-informed decisions about higher education. This webpage contains information on student achievement and post-graduation employment as required by the law.
For more information about the Higher Education Opportunity Act, please refer to the U.S. Department of Education Website.
In the spirit of the institution’s educational mission, Gardner-Webb University monitors and evaluates student success through a variety of measures, including enrollment data, retention data, graduation data, job placement rates, and state licensing examination pass rates for applicable majors.
With the cooperation of our graduates, the University employs a variety of tools to track student achievement beyond graduation.
Please reference the tables below that summarize the responses of our one-, three- and five-year-out Traditional Undergraduate Program graduates.
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There are four programs at Gardner-Webb University that have licensing examinations as part of the curriculum or career field: Nursing, Athletic Training, Education, and the Department of Physician Assistant Studies. The Department of Physician Assistant Studies graduated their first class in the Spring of 2016.
The Athletic Training program, a professional undergraduate program, is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). During the 2011-12 and 2012-2013 academic years Athletic Training students have recorded an impressive 100% pass rate.
The College of Education is accredited by The Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP; formerly NCATE). CAEP is a national accrediting body for schools, colleges, and departments of education authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. Educational Testing Service reports that Gardner-Webb University has a 100% pass rate for initially-licensed completers for the 2012-2013 academic year.
The Hunt School of Nursing at Gardner-Webb University offers comprehensive nursing programs and is accredited by The Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). Gardner-Webb Nursing graduates take the National Council of State Boards of Nursing for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN) examination for licensure. The first time pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the Associate Degree Program (ADN) is 90% average for past three years. The first time pass rate on National Council Licensure Exam for Nurses (NCLEX-RN) for the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) is 100% average for past three years.
The University monitors retention and graduation rates. The rates are annually reported to the Department of Education through the Integrated Postsecondary Education System (IPEDS) and to the State of North Carolina through The North Carolina Higher Education Data System (NCHED). The current retention rate for first-time full-time students from freshmen to sophomore year is 74% (2013). The current 6-year graduation rate for the first-time full-time student cohort is 52%.
Detailed charts and graphs related to retention and graduation rates are available in the institution’s most current Fact Book.