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+.

    Graduation Class
    Calendar Year
    Performance Task
    Mean Score for
    LaGrange College Seniors
    Threshold: Mean Score of All CLA+ Institutions
    2014 1068 1117
    2015 1074 1117
    2016 1070 1117
    2017 1066 1117


  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 suggested ACEN standard of 80%, based on three-year averages.

    Calendar Years Pass Rate, Three-year AveragePass Rate, Three-year Average Threshold: National Pass Rate, Three-year Average
    2012 - 2014 93.9% 80%
    2013 – 2015 87.3% 80%
    2014 - 2016 86.5% 80%
    2015 – 2017 88.1% 80%

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.

    Graduation Year ECE and SE Program Completers Passing State Certification Test MAT Program Completers Passing State Certification Test Threshold for all programs
    2015 100% (n = 11) 100% (n = 8) 80%
    2016 100% (n = 9) 100% (n = 9) 80%
    2017 2017 100% (n = 9) 93% (n = 11) 80%


  • 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.

    Graduation Year EdS Program Completers Receiving Certificate Upgrade MED Program Completers Receiving Certificate Upgrade Threshold for all programs
    2014 100% (n = 28) Not Available 80%
    2015 100% (n = 19) 100% (n = 19) 80%


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).

    Cohort Years LaGrange College Mean 6-year Rate Threshold: Peer Group Mean 6-year Rate
    2005 - 2007 43% 39%
    2006 - 2008 45% 39%
    2007 – 2009 46% 38%
    2008 - 2010 49% Not available yet
    2009 – 2011 45% Not available yet
    Source: IPEDS Data Center

  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).

    Cohort Years LaGrange College Three-year Average Threshold: Peer Group Three-year Average
    2009 - 2011 62% 63%
    2010 - 2012 62% 62%
    2011 - 2013 61% 61%
    2012 - 2014 63% 62%
    2013 - 2015 65% Not available yet
    2014 – 2016 66% Not available yet

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 between 1,000 and 5,000 students.

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.

    Graduating Class Calendar Year LaGrange College Participation Rate Southeast Private Participation Rate Methodist College Participation Rate Surrounding Public Participation Rate
    2014 91% 73% 80% 61%
    2015 95% 53% 67% 54%
    2016 91% 66% 81% 59%
    2017 92% 62% 81% 57%
    Source: NSSE Data

  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.

    Service Learning

    Graduating Class Calendar Year LaGrange College Service Learning Participation Rate Southeast Private Service Learning Participation Rate Methodist College Service Learning Participation Rate Surrounding Public Service Learning Participation Rate
    2014 87% 71% 72% 57%
    2015 87% 57% 72% 57%
    2016 94% 69% 64% 59%
    2017 88% 65% 70% 56%
    Source: NSSE Data

    For all years shown above, the participation rates for LaGrange College seniors has been significantly above all peer comparison groups.

    Internship/Field Experience

    Calendar Year LaGrange College Study Abroad Participation Rate Southeast Private Study Abroad Participation Rate Methodist College Study Abroad Participation Rate Surrounding Public Study Abroad Participation Rate
    2014 43% 20% 22% 15%
    2015 47% 20% 22% 15%
    2016 51% 27% 37% 20%
    2017 56% 19% 225% 14%
    Source: NSSE Data

    For all years shown above, the participation rates for LaGrange College seniors has been significantly above all peer comparison groups with the exception of Methodist Colleges in 2016 and 2017.

    Study Abroad

    Graduating Class Calendar Year LaGrange College Internship/Field Experience Participation Rate Southeast Private Internship/Field Experience Participation Rate Methodist College Internship/Field Experience Participation Rate Surrounding Public Internship/Field Experience Participation Rate
    2014 76% 56% 62% 50%
    2015 86% 62% 62% 50%83
    2016 83% 73% 83% 73%
    2017 73% 50% 67% 46%
    Source: NSSE Data

    For all years shown above, the participation rates for LaGrange College seniors has been significantly above all peer comparison groups.

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).

    Graduating Class Percent of Class Employed Percent of Class Pursuing Graduate School Percent of Class Completing an Internship/Externship
    2013 67% 17% 6%
    2014 65% 19% 4%
    2015 65% 8% 5%
    2016 65% 14% 3%
    2017 61% 21% 3%


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