Student Achievement

Federal Disclosure Requirements

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  opens in a new windowU.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.

Job Placement Rates/Furthering Education Rates

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.

Five-Year-Out Survey Results

Three-Year-Out Survey Results

One-Year-Out Survey Results

Licensing Examinations

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 Physician Assistant Studies Program. The Physician Assistant Studies Program 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 School 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. 

Hunt School of Nursing Student Achievement Data

ASN
201820172016
Job Placement
Within 6 months of graduation
92%89%81%
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
60%63%60%
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
First time test takers
81%93%79%
Traditional BSN
201820172016
Job Placement
Within 6 months of graduation
100%100%100%
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
57%60%74%
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
First time test takers
100%100%100%
Accelerated BSN
201820172016
Job Placement
Within 6 months of graduation
100%N/AN/A
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
88%N/AN/A
NCLEX-RN Pass Rate
First time test takers
91%N/AN/A
RN to BSN
201820172016
Job Placement
Within 6 months of graduation
100%100%100%
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
69%53%96%
MSN-Administration/Education
201820172016
Job Placement
Be involved in role-related professional practice one year following graduation
Pending100%75%
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
39%43.6%42.8%
MSN-FNP
201820172016
Job Placement
Be involved in role-related professional practice one year following graduation
100%100%100%
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
69%53%96%
Certification Pass Rate – Masters
First time test takers
AANP-100%ANCC-100%AANP-100%ANCC-N/AAANP-79%ANCC-86%
Certification Pass Rate – Post Graduate
First time test takers
AANP-100%ANCC-100%AANP-100%ANCC-N/AAANP-75%ANCC-0%
DNP-Leadership
201820172016
Job Placement
Be involved in role-related professional practice one year following graduation
32%20%30%
Program Completion
Within 1.5 times the program length
93%93%100%

Retention Rates/Graduation Rates

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%.

Retention Rates Based on First-time First-Year Student Cohorts
Cohort YearFall-to-Spring Return RateFall-to-Fall Return Rate
200689.68%70.52%
200788.81%74.76%
200889.24%72.65%
200988.44%73.11%
201087.90%65.39%
201189.59%66.59%
201288.87%71.66%
201391.71%73.73%
201488.9%72.7%
201588.9%67.2%
Graduation Rates Based on First-time First-Year Student Cohorts
Cohort Year6 Year Graduation Rate
200554.79%
200648.40%
200757.38%
200852.24%
200951.6%
201044.6%

Detailed charts and graphs related to retention and graduation rates are available in the institution’s most current  opens in a new windowFact Book.opens PDF file