Institutional Research and Assessment

Institutional Research and Assessment presents official information about Hollins to the campus and the general public, including:

  • Detailed facts and figures about the university’s students, faculty, staff, and courses
  • Data and analysis for campus decision-makers that inform and support institutional planning

The office provides the university community with:

  • Knowledge, support, and guidance for academic and administrative unit assessment
  • Academic unit consultation to develop, measure, and analyze learning outcomes
  • Administrative unit consultation to develop, measure, and analyze performance outcomes


The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges accredits Hollins University to award degrees at the bachelor’s and master’s levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Hollins University.

  • Measures of Student Achievement

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    Hollins uses a variety of indicators to evaluate student achievement. These include retention and persistence tracking, post-graduation destinations, and state licensing examinations.

    Hollins’ mission is to sustain talented students engaged in challenging study. Using this data to evaluate student achievement aligns with that mission. Continuous evaluation of student achievement data informs and supports the university’s strategic planning process.

    Retention, Persistence, and Degree Completion
    Hollins closely follows the retention and graduation rates of its undergraduate students.

    • The retention rate for the first-time, first-year students from fall of year one to fall of year two has ranged from 67.0% to 80.5% over the last 10 years.
    • The six-year graduation rate for Hollins has ranged from 53% to 65.5% over the previous ten years.

    Each year, both retention and graduation rates are compared to national rates and to rates at peer institutions. Additionally, the university registrar generates a five-year summary of degrees awarded by program for both undergraduate and graduate degree programs. These reports are shared with the president’s cabinet, the faculty, and the Board of Trustees.

    Career and Graduate School
    Hollins’ Career Center electronically surveys all undergraduate alumnae one year after graduation. The survey gathers information on employment status and participation in graduate school study.

    Based on responses from the last 10 years of available data (2011-2020*), on average, 74% were employed and 20% were engaged in graduate study.
    *COVID year

    Licensure Completion
    Hollins’ undergraduate and graduate teacher education programs prepare students for initial licensure in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

    Hollins’ education department requires students in the program to pass their PRAXIS II exam before beginning student teaching. This 100% pass rate goal is consistently met, as indicated in the undergraduate catalog under Education.