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

Updated graduation and retention rates disaggregated by school/college, sex, and race/ethnicity are forthcoming. In the meantime, graduation and retention rates displayed as a table are available here. All graduation and retention data are provided by CIPE.

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 assess ment 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 p rogram'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, click here.

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, click here

 Educational Effectiveness Indicators

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

  • USF Quick Facts Summer 2017
  • USF Fact Book and Almanac 2017 (Mid-year Edition)
  • IEEI University of San Francisco 2014
  • Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) 2014
  • Program Review Schedule 2014
  • National Survey of Student Engagement
  • NSSE Multi-Year Benchmark Report 2011
  • Student Satisfaction Inventory 2006-2012
  • Faculty Gender and Diversity 2001-2015
  • Staff Gender and Diversity 2001-2015