Measures of Student Achievement

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 seven years of available data (2009-2015), on average, 71% were employed and 24% were engaged in graduate study.

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

The Virginia Department of Education requires students to pass PRAXIS I, or some combination of equivalent standardized assessments, in order to be admitted to any teacher preparation program in the Commonwealth.

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.