Institutional Research and Effectiveness
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.
"Improved graduation rates: ◦Average 4-year graduation rate improve from 34% to 38% with a stretch goal of 45% or higher ◦Average 6-year graduation rates from 53% to 56% with a stretch goal of 60% or higher" - Morehouse Strategic Plan 2015-2019
Two, not only must Morehouse men graduate to lead lives of leadership and service but they are expected to contribute to society. Therefore the College measures job and graduate school placement data on an annual basis. The Division of Business Administration and Economics (representing one third of the College) has strong placement data as part of its AACSB accreditation. The College intends to expand that operation to the entire college over the next year. Graduate School placement data is gathered from the National Student Clearinghouse data. The Strategic Plan placed this among its measures of success "Improved post-graduation outcomes from current rate of 85% (employment + grad rate) to 91%". Three, one way that Morehouse demonstrates leadership with its men and through its men is by leading the nation in the production of graduates in various disciplines. Over the past ten years, Morehouse leads the nation in African American male graduates in seven disciplines and ranks in the top five in a total of 13 academic disciplines.
The College monitors first-year retention rates as a measure of the success of its educational program. From Fall 2007 to Fall 2015, Morehouse has averaged a first-year retention rate of 80% or greater. There was a slight decline in Fall 2016. 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.
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 2010 averaged 54%, with 50% of the most recent cohort (2010) 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. Unfortunately, the College has seen a steady decrease in the years shown. Therefore, the Strategic Plan calls for changes in our Advising/Mentoring systems and the Faculty have redesigned the General Educational curriculum to make it less rigid and easier to navigate.
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.
Job, 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 22% of alumni enroll in graduate or professional school within a year of graduating from Morehouse, 49% enroll within five years of graduating from Morehouse, and 24% earn a post-baccalaureate degree within five years of graduating from Morehouse. These outcomes are summarized in the table below.
As noted earlier, the College's Division of Business Administration and Economics collects job placement data as part of its AACSB Accreditation. Morehouse will expand that data collection to the entire student body in the very near future. The Office of Career Planning and Placement - Business monitors placement for graduates of the Division of Business Administration and Economics. Two figures below show job placement in relation to other outcomes as well as the regions where graduates are employed. In the first figure the average job placement rate for graduates of the Division of Business Administration and Economics over the last five years is 72 percent. The majority of BAE graduates in each graduating class receive an employment offer.
Most BAE graduates receive an employment offer in the Southeast, followed by the Northeast with the second largest number of offers.
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.