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Six-year graduation rates measure the percentage of first-time undergraduate students who complete their program within a six-year timeframe. The university closely monitors graduation rates because we want students who enroll to complete degrees in a timely manner. Additionally, TCU carefully monitors the 6-year graduation rate because we value Academic Achievement as stated in the University’s Mission, Vision and Values. TCU has selected the “IPEDS traditional overall graduation rate (150% standard time)” as the key completion indicator from which the baseline was established in August of 2018. We reported that our Overall IPEDS Graduation Rate was 77%. That was the rate from the entering first-year student cohort of 2010 who graduated by 2016. The rate for the 2011-2017 cohort rate was 83%, and the latest 2012-2018 cohort rate was 83%.

Fall Cohort 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
TCU 74% 74% 75% 76% 75% 76% 77% 83% 83% 83%
Peers 80% 81% 81% 81% 82% 82% 84% 84% 84% 84%
Aspirants 93% 93% 93% 93% 94% 93% 93% 93% 94% 94%

Aspirant Institutions: Institutions that TCU seeks to be comparable within the type, size and offerings. Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Rice University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis.Peer Institutions: Institutions that are comparable to TCU in type, size and offerings. American  University, Baylor University, George Washington University, Pepperdine University Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Tulane University of Louisiana, Villanova University, Wake Forest University.

Our goal is that 88% of first-time, full-time students will graduate in 6-years. This goal has been selected because we want to have a higher rate than our peers and a rate more in line with our aspirants.

Disaggregated  Six-year graduation rate data In order to maximize institutional effectiveness in the area of student achievement, TCU disaggregates graduation rate data by gender, race/ethnicity, and Pell Grant status.

Disaggregated data of IPEDS traditional overall graduation rate (150% standard time)

Gender 6 year grad rates of 2012 cohort by gender
Men 81%
Women 84%


Source: National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center

Our goal is that 87% of first-time, full-time male students will graduate in 6-years and that 89% of female students will graduate in 6-years. This goal has been selected because we want our rate for all students to be 88%.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first-generation college students.
  • The TCU First-Gen Network provides connections for first-generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Disaggregated data of IPEDS traditional overall graduation rate (150% standard time)

Race/Ethnicity 6-year grad rates of 2013 cohort by Race/Ethnicity
American Indian or Alaska Native 71%
Asian 81%
Black or African American 67%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 75%
Hispanic/Latino 81%
International 81%
Multi-Ethnic 60%
Race and ethnicity unknown 84%
White 84%


Source: National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center

Our goal is that 89% of first-time, full-time nonresident alien students will graduate in 6-years, 87% for Hispanic/Latino, 91% for American Indian or Alaska Native, 87% for Asian, 80% for Black or African American, 80% for Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 88% for White, 70% for Two or more races and that 89% for Race and ethnicity unknown). This goal has been selected because we want our rate for all students to be 88%.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first-generation college students.
  • The TCU First-Gen Network provides connections for first-generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Disaggregated data of IPEDS traditional overall graduation rate (150% standard time)

Pell Grant/Loan/None 6-year grad rates of 2012 cohort by Pell Grant/Loan/None
Recipients of a Pell Grant (within entering year) 76%
Recipients of a Direct Subsidized Loan (within entering year) that did not receive a Pell Grant 77%
Did not receive a Pell Grant or Direct Loan 85%


Source: National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first-generation college students.
  • The TCU First-Gen Network provides connections for first-generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Four-year graduation rates measure the percentage of first-time undergraduate students who complete their program within a four-year timeframe. The university closely monitors graduation rates because we want students who enroll to complete degrees in a timely manner. Additionally, TCU carefully monitors the 4-year graduation rate because we value Academic Achievement as stated in the University’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Fall Cohort 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
TCU 54% 55% 58% 59% 59% 59% 63% 69% 69% 71%
Peers 71% 72% 72% 72% 73% 74% 75% 76% 73% 77%
Aspirants 83% 84% 85% 84% 85% 84% 85% 84% 85% 85%


Peer Institutions: Institutions that are comparable to TCU in type, size and offerings. American  University, Baylor University, George Washington University, Pepperdine University Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Tulane University of Louisiana, Villanova University, Wake Forest University.

 Aspirant Institutions: Institutions that TCU seeks to be comparable within the type, size and offerings. Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Rice University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis.

Our goal is that 77% of first-time, full-time students will graduate in four years. Our aspirant institutional average is 84%, so getting to 77% would get us halfway to that average. This goal has been selected because we want to have a higher rate than our peers and a rate more in line with our aspirants.

Disaggregated  Four-year graduation rate data In order to maximize institutional effectiveness in the area of student achievement, TCU disaggregates graduation rate data by gender, race/ethnicity, and Pell Grant status.

Disaggregated data of four-year graduation rate (100% standard time)

Gender 4 year grad rates of 2012 cohort by gender
Men 61%
Women 74%


Source: National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center

Our goal is that 67% of first-time, full-time male students will graduate in 6-years and that 79% of female students will graduate in 4-years. These goals have been selected because we want our rate for all students to be 77%. The 4-year rate currently is 69.2%.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first-generation college students.
  • The TCU First-Gen Network provides connections for first-generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Disaggregated data of four-year graduation rate (100% standard time)

Race/Ethnicity 4-year grad rates of 2012 cohort by Race/Ethnicity
Nonresident alien 70%
Hispanic/Latino 63%
American Indian or Alaska Native 69%
Asian 69%
Black or African American 56%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 75%
White 71%
Two or more races 60%
Race and ethnicity unknown 85%


Source: National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center

Our goal is that 75% of first-time, full-time nonresident alien students will graduate in 4-years, 69% for Hispanic/Latino, 75% for American Indian or Alaska Native, 75% for Asian, 65% for Black or African American, 80% for Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 78% for White, 70% for Two or more races and that 89% for Race and ethnicity unknown). This goal has been selected because we want our rate for all students to be 77%.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first-generation college students.
  • The TCU First-Gen Network provides connections for first-generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Disaggregated data of four-year graduation rate (100% standard time)

Pell Grant/Loan/None 4-year grad rates of 2012 cohort by Pell Grant/Loan/None
Recipients of a Pell Grant (within entering year) 61%
Recipients of a Direct Subsidized Loan (within entering year) that did not receive a Pell Grant Unknown
Did not receive a Pell Grant or Direct Loan Unknown


Source: National Center for Education Statistics IPEDS Data Center

Our goal is that 70% of first-time, full-time recipients of a Pell Grant (within entering year) students will graduate in 4-years.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first-generation college students.
  • The TCU First-Gen Network provides connections for first-generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time undergraduate students who return to the same institution to continue their studies the following fall. The university closely monitors retention rates because students who enroll in and complete courses are more likely to complete degrees in a timely manner. Additionally, TCU carefully monitors retention rates because we value Academic Achievement as stated in the University’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Fall Cohort 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
TCU 86% 87% 90% 90% 90% 91% 90% 91% 92% 91%
Peers 91% 91% 91% 91% 92% 92% 92% 92% 92% 92%
Aspirants 97% 97% 96% 97% 97% 97% 97% 97% 97% 97%


Aspirant Institutions: Institutions that TCU seeks to be comparable with in type, size and offerings. Duke University, Emory University, Georgetown University, Northwestern University, Rice University, Stanford University, University of Notre Dame, University of Southern California, Vanderbilt University, Washington University in St. Louis.Peer Institutions: Institutions that are comparable to TCU in type, size and offerings. American  University, Baylor University, George Washington University, Pepperdine University Santa Clara University, Southern Methodist University, Syracuse University, Tulane University of Louisiana, Villanova University, Wake Forest University.

Our goal is that 95% of first-time, full-time students will return for their second year. Our aspirant institutional average is 97%, so 95% would put us within range of our aspirants. This goal has been selected because we want to have a higher rate than our peers and a rate more in line with our aspirants.

Disaggregated  retention rate data In order to maximize institutional effectiveness in the area of student achievement, TCU disaggregates retention rate data by gender and ethnicity/race and Pell grant recipients. TCU maintains internal reports to track these rates.

Disaggregated data of retention rate (First year to following year)

Gender Retention rates of 2017 cohort by gender
Men 90%
Women 92%


Source: Internal Report

Our goal is that 94% of first-time, full-time male students, and that 96% of female students re-enroll for a second year. These goals have been selected because we want our retention rate for all students to be 95%.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first generation college students.
  • The TCU First Gen Network provides connections for first generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Disaggregated data of retention rate (First year to following year)

Race/Ethnicity Retention rates of 2017 cohort by Race/Ethnicity
Nonresident alien 90%
Hispanic/Latino 90%
American Indian or Alaska Native 89%
Asian 96%
Black or African American 90%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 100%
White 92%
Two or more races 100%
Race and ethnicity unknown 100%


Source: Internal Report

Our goal is that 92% of first-time, full-time nonresident alien students will re-enroll for a second years, 93% for Hispanic/Latino, 92% for American Indian or Alaska Native, 96% for Asian, 95% for Black or African American, keep 100% for Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 95% for White, keep 100% for Two or more races and that keep 100% for Race and ethnicity unknown). This goal has been selected because we want our rate for all students to be 95%.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first generation college students.
  • The TCU First Gen Network provides connections for first generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

Disaggregated data of retention rate (First year to following year)

Pell Grant/Loan/None Retention rates of 2017 cohort by Pell Grant/Loan/None
Recipients of a Pell Grant (within entering year) 91%
Recipients of a Direct Subsidized Loan (within entering year) that did not receive a Pell Grant Unknown
Did not receive a Pell Grant or Direct Loan Unknown


Source: Internal Report

Our goal is that 93% of first-time, full-time recipients of a Pell Grant (within entering year) students are retained into their second fall semester.

Some TCU Initiatives to address these disaggregated rates include the following programs:

  • Leaders for Life is a 4-year, cohort-based, peer mentoring and development program for underrepresented students. This includes students of color, high financial need, those commuting in the first semester, and first generation college students.
  • The TCU First Gen Network provides connections for first generation college students and is a part of the NASPA First Gen Forward program.
  • Community Scholars is a program at TCU focused on students from a vibrant, diverse community, and is an essential ingredient for quality education. The Community Scholars Program recruits top candidates from urban, high minority public high schools and offers more than $6 million in scholarships each year. The Community Scholars Program is unique, life-changing and has transformed the nature of TCU.
  • STEM Scholars is a program that is designed to provide enrichment opportunities, academic support, leadership development, and enhance the TCU learning experience while bringing diverse populations together. Our goal is to increase the number of diverse students from underrepresented populations in STEM through recruitment, retention, and degree completion, while strengthening TCU’s academic community and contribute to “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” (DEI).

TCU monitors course completion as a component of student success, persistence, and achievement. Students who successfully complete coursework, in which they enroll, tend to enroll in subsequent semesters and make progress toward a timely completion of their degree. Additionally, students who receive failing grades, incompletions or withdraw are sometimes at risk of losing financial aid or scholarships. TCU tracks course completion of all students enrolled on the 12th day of class. Additionally, TCU carefully monitors course completion rates because we value Academic Achievement as stated in the University’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Year # of Courses # of Students Average Completion Successful Completion Rate (C or better)
2019 2,284 48,499 94.8% 96.0%
2018 2,258 47,840 94.7% 96.2%
2017 2,190 45,744 94.4% 96.1%
2016 2,100 44,586 94.5% 96.1%
2015 2,051 44,338 95.0% 95.9%
2014 1,970 43,012 95.8% 95.3%
2013 1,899 42,895 96.0% 94.7%
2012 1,852 42,061 96.4% 94.2%
2011 1,799 40,591 96.2% 93.7%

Our goal is to show continued improvement in a three year rolling average. The rolling average for “Average Completion” for 2017, 2018, and 2019 that is 94.6%. Likewise, the “Successful Completion Rate (C or better) three year rolling average is 96.1%. We would like to see the three year rolling average to trend upwards with the understanding that 100% is not achievable due to  things that we cannot control like illness, family issues or other unforeseen circumstances. We would like to keep both rates in the high 90 percentile.

TCU’s commitment to student success and achievement is reflected in its goal of timely graduation and receipt of a degree. The second goal of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board is to focus on completion. “By 2030, at least 550,000 students in that year will complete a certificate, associate, bachelor’s, or master’s from an institution of higher education in Texas”. The purpose of the goal is to increase education among the population and to provide a skilled workforce. This aligns with Goal 4 of TCU’s strategic plan to “Strengthen the Workforce (both employees and graduates)”.

  Bachelor’s Graduate (Master’s) Graduate (Doctorate) Total Graduate
2018-2019 2237 479 122 601
2017-2018 1937 414 97 511
2017-2016 2099 496 116 612
2016-2015 2061 460 93 553
2015-2014 2088 447 89 536
2014-2013 1965 379 72 451
2013-2012 1841 454 64 518

Our goal: Because we have set the goal of 88% 6-year graduation rate, the number of Bachelor degrees should rise and remain above 2,200 per year.

Accounting – Uniform Certified Public Accountant (CPA) Examination

Licensure and certification passage rates are another key indicator of student success and achievement. TCU uses licensure and certification exam passage rates to determine how prepared our students are to enter the workforce. The TCU strategic plan specifically states as our fourth goal to “Strengthen the workforce (both employees and graduates)” (strategic plan goal 4).

Academic Year TCU Pass Rate
2019-2020 71.97%
2018-2019 72.05%
2017-2018 70.00%
2016-2017 71.75%
2015-2016 70.05%

2017-2018 CPA test Data  
School AUD   BEC   FAR   REG   Overall Rank
TCU 77.03% 83.33% 63.33% 64.29% 70.00% 3
UT 79.41% 92.26% 75.82% 71.36% 78.99% 1
TAMU 76.71% 89.82% 70.67% 64.89% 74.46% 2
UTA 62.65% 60.00% 42.86% 53.26% 53.10% 7
UTD 52.31% 60.68% 43.83% 48.00% 50.33% 8
SMU 61.49% 65.45% 50.79% 47.69% 56.23% 6
Baylor 69.30% 76.00% 61.94% 61.82% 66.28% 4
UNT 51.95% 62.50% 36.84% 48.48% 49.09% 9
ACU 68.00% 68.29% 62.26% 58.33% 64.44% 5

2018-2019 CPA test Data  
School AUD   BEC   FAR   REG   Overall Rank
TCU 58.82% 80.70% 72.41% 77.46% 72.05% 3
UT 80.00% 90.13% 74.64% 78.60% 80.39% 1
TAMU 74.86% 87.17% 72.45% 70.11% 75.60% 2
UTA 53.27% 60.20% 45.11% 59.50% 54.03% 7
UTD 52.85% 61.92% 44.81% 51.45% 52.22% 8
SMU 65.18% 76.36% 62.71% 59.46% 65.37% 5
Baylor 69.81% 80.00% 69.41% 64.46% 70.55% 4
UNT 51.43% 47.17% 32.35% 50.00% 45.25% 9
ACU 50.00% 63.64% 60.53% 60.71% 58.70% 6

2019-2020 CPA test Data  
School AUD   BEC   FAR   REG   Overall Rank
TCU 69.44% 77.42% 71.43% 69.57% 71.97% 3
UT 65.28% 90.54% 63.41% 86.05% 76.43% 1
TAMU 61.02% 73.53% 49.09% 70.59% 64.43% 5
UTA 48.33% 61.82% 50.00% 48.00% 51.91% 7
UTD 53.19% 62.89% 39.29% 54.90% 51.79% 8
SMU 61.54% 55.56% 72.50% 65.28% 66.84% 4
Baylor 71.26% 87.10% 68.60% 70.73% 73.50% 2
UNT 37.04% 45.95% 47.46% 54.84% 45.30% 9
ACU 64.86% 80.00% 46.43% 66.67% 63.30% 6

Our goal is to achieve a 75% pass rate. Additionally, TCU wants to remain among the top four institutions in the state of Texas for pass rates of the Uniform CPA Exam.

Athletic Training – Board Certification and Employment Rates

  2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 3 year aggregate
# students graduating 8 7 7 22
# students graduating who took BOC exam 8 7 7 22
# students who passed on first attempt 8 7 7 22
Percentage Passed 100% 100% 100% 100%

Employment Rate as Athletic Trainer:

# students employed as AT 6 7 7
# students not employed as AT 2 0 0
% of students employed as AT 75% 100% 100%


Our goal is that the TCU Athletic Training Program maintains a 100% first-time pass rate on the BOC exam.

Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) CERTIFICATION RATES (first-time takers)

Year Certification Benchmark (Lowest acceptable threshold) Annual Pass Rate Goal Number of students passing the certification exam the first time taking the exam
2020 80% N/A 100% One graduate for may 2020
2019 80% 100% 100% 2/2
2018 80% 0% (student passed the second time later in 2018) 100% 0/1
2017 80% 100% 100% 3/3
2016 80% 100% 100% 4/4
2015 80% 100% 100% 3/3


Our goal is that 100% of our students pass the exam on their first-time.

Nurse Anesthesia National Certification Exam (NCE)

2009-2020 Certification Exam Rates:

Year # Taking Test from TCU Lowest acceptable threshold TCU Pass Rate (First-time) Goal National Pass Rate TCU Average compared to National Average
2020
2019 Students graduated in December 2019
2018 50 80% 98% 100% 84% +20 points
2017 48 80% 88% 100% 83% +19 points
2016 57 80% 95% 100% 85% 12 points
2015 51 80% 92% 100% 85% +11 points
2014 52 80% 100% 100% 88% +25 points
2013 51 80% 98% 100% 88% +32 points
2012 59 80% 97% 100% 89% +20 points
2011 62 80% 97% 100% 89% -23 points
2010 64 80% 98.4% 100% 90.3% +26 points
2009 52 80% 94% 100% 84% +14 points


Our goal is that 100% of our students pass the NCE exam on their first-time.

Texas Education Certification Exams

Year Number Taking Test (TCU) TCU Pass Rate Texas Pass Rate
2018-2019 * *97% *88%
2017-2018 115 97% 78%
2016-2017 106 98% 95%
2015-2016 110 100% 96%
2014-2015 101 98% 94%
2013-2014 112 98% 92%
2012-2013 116 98% 92%
2011-2012 120 99% 92%
2010-2011 120 99% 92%
2009-2010 120 100% 98%
2008-2009 141 98% 98%
2007-2008 142 98% 97%
2006-2007 186 99% 80.6%
2005-2006 184 97% 81.4%
2004-2005 176 98% 82.2%
2003-2004 158 99% 80.1%
2002-2003 183 94% 78.6%


*Data not yet published by TEA. Source: Texas Educator Certification Examination Program-Pearson

Our goal is to have 100% of our student pass the Texas Educator Certification Examination. While we have hit it a couple of times in the past decade, it has not consistently been at 100%.

TCU prepares students to enter the workforce as well as to pursue post-baccalaureate degrees and certifications. The institution measures student success and achievement by monitoring the number of students who attend graduate school or enter into the workforce. The TCU strategic plan specifically states as our fourth goal to “Strengthen the workforce (both employees and graduates)” (strategic plan goal 4). Additionally, TCU carefully monitors Post-Graduation Achievement because we value Academic and Personal Achievement as stated in the University’s Mission, Vision and Values.

Job Placement Rates or Full Time Student – Undergraduate Students

Recent Alumni – One Year Post Graduation

  2013-2014 2014-2015 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018
Current Employment/

Student Status

N

1308

% N

990

% N

1307

% N

1289

% N

1637

%
Employed

Full-Time

773 59.1% 567 57.3% 712 54.5% 731 56.7% 988 60.4%
Self-Employed 27 2.1% 24 2.4% 30 2.3% 26 2.0% 26 1.6%
Military 12 0.9% 13 1.3% 14 1.1% 30 2.3% 15 0.9%
Full-Time Student 292 22.3% 232 23.4% 346 16.5% 335 26.0% 351 21.4%
Sub-Total 84.4% 84.4% 74.4% 87% 84.3%
Employed

Part-Time

63 4.8% 49 4.9% 61 4.7% 31 2.4% 68 4.2%
Not Employed (seeking) 81 6.2% 58 5.9% 98 7.5% 96 7.4% 117 7.1%
Not Employed

(not seeking)

16 1.2% 9 0.9% 8 0.6% 3 0.2% 19 1.2%
Volunteer/

Mission

10 0.8% 7 0.7% 6 0.5% 14 1.1% 11 0.7%
Other 34 2.6% 31 3.1% 32 2.4% 23 1.8% 42 2.6%
Sub-Total 15.6% 15.5% 15.7% 12.9% 15.8%


Our goal is that 88% of students graduating from TCU with a bachelor’s degree will be employed (full-time employed, self-employed or in the military) or enrolled in graduate school as a full-time student within one year of graduation. The goal is lower percentages in Employed Part-time and the Not Employed (seeking) groups by 5% and convert those to a rolling average of 88% for Employed Full-Time, Self-Employed, Military, and Full-Time Students.

Job Placement Rates or Full Time Student – Graduate Students

Recent Alumni – One Year Post Graduation

  2017-2018
Current Employment/

Student Status

N

441

%
Employed

Full-Time

349 79.1%
Self-Employed 7 1.6%
Employed

Part-Time

17 3.9%
Military 2 0.5%
Full-Time Student 17 3.9%
 
 
Not Employed (seeking) 27 6.1%
Not Employed

(not seeking)

3 0.7%
Volunteer/

Mission

0 0.0%
Other 19 4.3%


Our goal is that 90% of students graduating from TCU with a master’s or doctorate degree will be employed (full-time employed, self-employed or in the military) or enrolled in graduate school as a full-time student within one year of graduation. We just started collecting data on graduate student employment rates, so we do not yet have a rolling average threshold or goal. Our current threshold and goal is based on the existing data.

Undergraduate Students – Medical School Acceptance Rates

Note: Initial Med Acceptance data reflect the numbers and percentages of applicants who were accepted at the end of a given application cycle. In some cases, rejected applicants will reapply and be accepted in a subsequent year and these data are reflected in Total Med Acceptance data.

Entry Year Initial Med Acceptance Total Med Acceptance Natl. Medical Acceptance (AMCAS)

(Lowest acceptable threshold)

Goal

(2 times the national average)

2019 48/74 (65%) 57/74 (77%) 41.0% 82%
2018 38/55 (69%) 45/55 (82%) 41.9% 83.8%
2017 30/50 (60%) 42/50 (84%) 41.3% 82.6%
2016 32/54 (59%) 44/54 (81%) 39.6% 79.2%
2015 38/59 (64%) 52/59 (88%) 39.3% 78.6%
2014 31/51 (61%) 39/51 (76%) 41.1% 82.2%
2013 35/47 (74%) 40/47 (85%) 41.8% 83.6%
2012 41/51 (80%) 43/51 (84%) 45.2% 90.4%


Our goal is that the total acceptance rate remains at 2 times the national average, which allows us to remain competitive with peer and aspirant schools who offer pre-health majors.