Institutional Research and Effectiveness

Student Achievement

Consistent with the mission of developing men with disciplined minds who lead lives of leadership and service with particular emphasis on the history and culture of black people, Morehouse College tracks a number of measures to evaluate institutional success with respect to student achievement.  The College monitors retention and graduation rates, job and graduate/professional school placement rates, and degree productivity for African American men relative to other institutions.

Retention Rates
The College monitors first-year retention rates as a measure of the success of its educational program.  Since 2000, Morehouse has maintained a first-year retention rate of 80% or greater.  The College aims to exceed the national average retention rate for Black men by 10%.  However, in lieu of national retention rate data for African American men specifically, the College monitors its performance relative to the national average retention rate for all students enrolled at 4-year colleges and universities as summarized in the figure below.


Graduation Rates
The College monitors graduation rates as a measure of the success of its educational program.  The 6-year graduation rate for cohorts entering from 2005 to 2009 averaged 54%, with 51% of the most recent cohort (2009) graduating within six years.  The College sets base and stretch target goals for its four- and six-year graduation rates as presented in the table below.  

In addition, the College monitors its six-year graduation rate performance relative to the national average for Black men attending 4-year colleges and universities as summarized in the chart below.

  

Graduate and Professional School Placement
The College monitors the rates at which its graduates enroll in graduate and professional school as a measure of the success of its educational program.  The table below summarizes post-Morehouse enrollment and degree completion for recent alumni.  Nearly 26% of alumni enroll in graduate or professional school within a year of graduating from Morehouse, 52% enroll within five years of graduating from Morehouse, and 28% earn a post-baccalaureate degree within five years of graduating from Morehouse.  These outcomes are summarized in the table below.

 

Morehouse Degree Productivity in the National Context
In measuring student achievement, the College monitors its bachelor's degree productivity by discipline for African American men relative to other institutions.  This information is summarized in the table below.

 

NOTE:  In its Policy on Institutional Obligations for Public Disclosure, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requires that institutions publish "statements of its goals for student achievement and the success of students in achieving those goals."  The disclosure above is intended to satisfy this SACSCOC policy.  This information is updated during the fall term of each academic year.