Student Achievement

The University of San Francisco (USF) is committed to supporting students in achieving their educational objectives. Measures of student achievement typically include graduation and retention rates, as well as student achievement of learning outcomes. 

Graduation and Retention Rates

All graduation and retention data are provided by OIRA/CIPE.

Six-year Graduation Rates

This figure displays six-year graduation rates from 2004 to 2011. Since 2004, undergraduate first-time student graduation rates have ranged from 70% to 77%, undergraduate transfer student graduation rates have ranged from 76% to 81%, and graduate student graduation rates have ranged from 76%  to 86%.

Retention Rates

This figure depicts first-to-second fall retention rates from 2010 to 2016. Since 2010, retention rates for undergraduate first time students have ranged between 83%  and 87%, 84% and 88% for undergraduate transfer students, and 76% to 81% for graduate students.

Yearly Assessment of Student Learning

Each program at USF participated in ongoing assessment and evaluation activities by assessing Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)--easily identifiable actions that students are expected to demonstrate in terms of knowledge, skills, and attitudes upon completion of a program. All programs have an assessment plan that designates when each PLO will be assessed within a regular cycle. Programs then conduct an annual assessment of student learning focusing on that year's PLO(s). 

The purpose of conducting assessment of student learning is to understand the following:

  1. What do we want students to learn?
  2. How well are they learning?
  3. How do we know?

The results of this inquiry guide program planning for continuous improvement in student learning, we as we ongoing improvements in a program's assessment practices. Through annually assessing the gains in student learning and making programmatic adjustments, USF achieves and improves student success. The assessment process and results are presented in a report.

For Assessment Reports organized by college/school, please visit the Assessment of Student Learning page.

Academic Program Review

The Academic Program Review (APR) is a process of regular, systematic review and evaluation of most academic degree programs, regardless of its mode of delivery. Programs engage in the APR process every 5 to 8 years, depending on the needs of the program. The majority of programs are reviewed every 7 years. 

For Self-studies and Executive Summaries organized by college/school, please visit the Academic Program Review page. 

Educational Effectiveness Indicators

Below is a sample of additional educational effectiveness indicators for USF: