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

Six-year Graduation Rates

This figure shows six-year graduation rates. In 2011 (the year with the most recently-available data), the six-year graduation rate was 77% for undergraduate (first-time) students, 79% for undergraduate (transfer) students, and 86% for graduate students.

Retention Rates

This figure depicts one year retention rates. In 2016 (the year with the most recently-available data), the one-year retention rate was 77% for undergraduate (first-time) students, 84% for undergraduate (transfer) students, and 85% for graduate students.

For graduation and retention rates disaggregated by school/college, sex, and race/ethnicity, click here. For graduation and retention rates displayed as a table, click 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, 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:

  • USF Quick Facts (Summer 2017)
  • USF Fact Book & Almanac (January 2018)
  • Inventory of Educational Effectiveness Indicators (March 2018)
  • Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs) (2014)
  • National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)
  • NSSE Multi-Year Report (2014 - 2017)
  • Student Satisfaction Inventory 2006-2012
  • Student, Staff, and Faculty Diversity (2009 - 2017)