Student Achievement Information

LaGrange College keeps track of four primary categories for measuring student achievement: academic knowledge and skills, academic progress, student experience with high-impact practices, and post-college success.

In most cases, appropriate thresholds have been set for each item and can be found below. Actual values, when known, are also given.

Academic Knowledge and Skills

  1. Collegiate Learning Assessment (CLA+) (for all graduating seniors): Below, the threshold can be found that will describe the goal set for LaGrange College students. In the table that follows, the first column contains the calendar year that corresponds to the graduating class for that year. In the second column, the Performance Task Mean Score for LaGrange College seniors is given and in the final column, the threshold is given.

    Threshold: To achieve or exceed the mean Performance Task score of all institutions taking the CLA+.



  2. Licensure Tests:

    The programs in Elementary Education and in Nursing have licensure tests, both of which are used to measure the academic achievement of students.

a. Nursing: Below, the threshold can be found that will describe the goal set for LaGrange College nursing students. In the table that follows, three calendar years are given that correspond to the graduating classes for those years. In the second column, the percentile average for LaGrange College nursing seniors is given for the three years indicated and in the final column, the threshold is given.

  • Nursing Threshold: NCLEX pass rates will be at or above the national norm, based on three-year averages.


b. Education: Below, two thresholds can be found that will describe the goals set for LaGrange College education students. In the tables that follow each threshold, the graduation year is given in the first column. In the second and third columns, the rate for LaGrange College students is given (ECE = Early Childhood Education, SE = Secondary Education, MAT = Master of Arts in Teaching, EdS = Education Specialist, and MED = Master of Education). The fourth column contains the threshold for LaGrange College students.

  • Education Threshold 1: Within one year of graduation, 80% of program completers who complete the state certification test will receive a passing score on the exam.



  • Education Threshold 2: Within two years of graduation, 80% of advanced degree completers will receive a certificate upgrade as granted by the Georgia Professional Standards Commission.



The two education thresholds related to state licensure tests are new as of fall 2014; therefore, results are not available prior to 2014.

Student Academic Progress

  1. Six-year Undergraduate Graduation Rate: Below, the threshold can be found that will describe the goal set for LaGrange College students. In the table that follows, the first column contains three calendar years that correspond to the fall cohorts (first-time, first-year, full-time) for those years. In the second column, the average graduation rate for the three cohort years is given and in the final column, the threshold is given.

    Threshold: To equal or exceed the 6-year graduation rate of the peer group of institutions. The target goal in the Strategic Plan is a graduation rate of 60% by FY 2021 (cohort years 2012 – 2014).



  2. Undergraduate Retention Rate: Below, the threshold can be found that will describe the goal set for LaGrange College students. In the table that follows, the first column contains three calendar years that correspond to the fall cohorts (first-time, first-year, full-time) for those years. In the second column, the average retention rate for the three cohort years is given and in the final column, the threshold is given.

    Threshold: To equal to or exceed the retention rate of the peer group of institutions. The target goal in the Strategic Plan is for a retention rate of 71% by FY 2021 (cohort years 2017 – 2019).


The peer group for graduation rates and retention rates is the same: Baccalaureate Diverse, Southeastern, Private, Not-for-Profit, Degree-granting, Title IV, Colleges with fewer than 5,000 students. A list of these peer group institutions appears on last page of this document.

Graduating Senior Experiences with High Impact Practices (HIPs): Below, two thresholds can be found that will describe the goals set for LaGrange College graduating senior students. In the tables that follow, the first column corresponds to the calendar year of the graduating class. In the second column, the rate for LaGrange College seniors is given and in the third through fifth columns, peer comparison rates are given upon which the threshold is set. For official definitions of the particular High Impact Practices, go to http://nsse.indiana.edu/html/high_impact_practices.cfm.

  1. Rate of Participation in at Least Two HIPS (comparative):

    Threshold: To equal or exceed the rate of peer institutions for “participation in at least two High Impact Practices.” High Impact Practices include Community Service, Internship or Field Experience, Study Abroad, Learning Community, Research with a Faculty Member, and Culminating Senior Experience.



  2. Rate of Participation in Three Specific HIPS (comparative):

    Threshold: To equal or exceed the rate of peer institutions for three High Impact Practice (HIP) Areas – Service Learning, Internship/Field Experience, and Study Abroad. Participation rate reflects those that have completed or plan to participate in the HIP.






Post-LaGrange College Student Success

  1. Graduate school/Job placement rates (for undergraduate and graduate students) by June 30 of Graduating Year: In the table below, the first column represents the year for each graduating class, the second column through fourth column give the percent of each class that were employed (second column), in graduate school (third column), and completing an internship/externship (fourth column).



    Some graduates may be represented in more than one category. No reliable threshold for these data have been determined.

*Peer Comparison Group for Retention and Graduation Rates

Alderson Broaddus University Limestone College
Barton College Livingstone College
Belmont Abbey College Mars Hill University
Benedict College Martin Methodist College
Brescia University Miles College
Catawba College Newberry College
Chowan University North Carolina Wesleyan College
Coker College Oakwood University
Edward Waters College Point University
Everglades University Reinhardt University
Ferrum College Shaw University
Flagler College-St Augustine Shorter University
Florida Memorial University Tennessee Wesleyan College
High Point University Truett-McConnell College
Huntingdon College University of Holy Cross
Johnson & Wales University-North Miami University of Mobile
LaGrange College University of Mount Olive
Lane College Warner University
Lees-McRae College